How to stay safe when out drink­ing

Broome Advertiser - - Opinion - Sergeant Kevin Hall

The dry sea­son is upon us and with it comes the an­nual Broome Turf Club Race Round, the Airnorth Ca­ble Beach Polo, the WKFL foot­ball sea­son and other events which make Broome the place to be. One of the big­gest chal­lenges we face in to­day’s so­ci­ety is the ef­fect of al­co­hol on a per­son’s be­hav­iour, hav­ing con­sumed above nor­mal amounts and not drink­ing enough wa­ter or hav­ing some­thing to eat.

Dis­or­derly be­hav­iour

A per­son who in a pub­lic place be­haves in a dis­or­derly or of­fen­sive man­ner, fights with an­other per­son or uses of­fen­sive lan­guage, com­mits an of­fence. It’s a lack of con­sid­er­a­tion for oth­ers and may cause dam­age or in­jury, whether in­ten­tional or not.

Drink-driv­ing

There is no safe level of al­co­hol con­sump­tion for com­pe­tent driv­ing. If you are go­ing to have more than a cou­ple of drinks, grab a skip­per. Po­lice have the pow­ers im­me­di­ately to dis­qual­ify a per­son from hold­ing or ob­tain­ing a driver’s li­cence for a pe­riod of two months if they are sus­pected of hav­ing com­mit­ted a pre­scribed drink-driv­ing of­fence.

Per­sonal safety

If you have been drink­ing avoid get­ting into heated dis­cus­sions — logic and ra­tio­nal thoughts are af­fected by al­co­hol.

Ar­riv­ing with a group of friends or meet­ing at a des­ig­nated place en­sures you are not alone for long and re­duces the ap­pear­ance of vul­ner­a­bil­ity.

When walk­ing, stick to ma­jor routes and roads and don’t take short cuts.

Stay in groups of peo­ple — do not walk alone.

Tell peo­ple where you’re go­ing and when you’ll re­turn.

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