Published: 10/07/2014 09:18 - Updated: 10/07/2014 09:35

Summer drinking campaign launched in Moray

Beer and wineA CAMPAIGN to drink responsibly this summer has been launched in Moray.

The Summer Safer Streets campaign, organised by the Moray Safety Community Partnership and Moray Alcohol and Drug Partnership, will be running over the coming months.

Commenting at the campaign launch this week, Elgin-based Chief Inspector Willie Findlay, said: "Coming into the summer holiday period with hopefully good weather, we all like to relax and get outside with friends and family and socialise, perhaps over a beer and barbecue, maybe moving into the town centre later on.

"Excessive drinking of alcohol over a day has inherent dangers and can often leave people vulnerable to crime or indeed cause them to behave in a criminal way including drink-driving."

Councillor Eric McGillivray, who chairs the Moray Public Protection Partnership, urged people to enjoy the summer and to drink in moderation.

He said: "We are still waiting for summer to arrive, but when it does, no doubt the garden furniture and the barbecues will be out in force and people will be looking to make the most of what sunshine we do get.

"It is a big summer for sport and a lot of armchair spectators will be enjoying a drink as they watch the action on TV. Emotions can sometimes run high, especially when alcohol is being consumed, and I would appeal to everyone to drink within their limitations and not over-indulge."

As part of the campaign, taxi marshals will be working from the taxi rank on Elgin High Street. Local businesses and licensed premises will also be displaying a safer streets message.

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