Don't start 2014 with tragedy or trouble

QUEENSLANDERS are being urged to ensure everyone gets 2014 off to a great start by drinking and behaving responsibly during New Year celebrations.

Acting Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Andrew Powell said the Newman Government wanted everyone to bring in the New Year on a positive note.

"Taking some personal responsibility for how much you drink, how you get home and how you treat others is the best way to ensure you and your friends have a great time," Mr Powell said.

"While most parties are fun for everyone involved, intoxicated guests, gatecrashers or some other mishap can ruin the occasion."

Mr Powell warned revellers that police would be out in force to put a stop to violent behaviour after the Newman Government had taken major steps to revitalise frontline services.

"After years of Labor neglect, the Queensland Police Service is undergoing its biggest recruitment drive in the past 20 years," he said.

"The Newman Government has already delivered more than 500 additional police officers to the frontline as a part of its commitment to providing an additional 1,100 police officers over four years."

Commissioner Ian Stewart said the majority of Queenslanders have a fun, safe and enjoyable time when going out and enjoying the festive period.

"Risky and irresponsible behaviour, whether it be on our roads, in licensed premises, at home or out on the water, can often lead to crashes, injuries and in some instances death," Commissioner Stewart said.

"Planning is an important part of your outings and simply working out how you plan to get home is vital.

"Consider public transport or having someone in your group remaining sober for the night and becoming the designated driver.

"This way you will have a great time and one of your friends can help to keep you safe and drive you home."
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