How to stay safe when out drinking
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.
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.
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.
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.