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EDITORIAL: Take Care When Celebrating New Year’s Day

EDITORIAL: Take Care When Celebrating New Year’s Day
December 27
14:20 2017

With the Christmas celebration wrapping up, everyone is turning their attention to New Year’s Eve.

And from today to Sunday we begin the countdown to the end of 2017 and start of 2018.

We all want to welcome the New Year with joy and happiness.

So let’s agree not to do stupid things as we prepare to celebrate the arrival of 2018.

This will mean no drink and driving, taking care with fireworks, no drunken fights at parties, but simply enjoy the ocassion.

It is clear many people will want to have a memorable time and alcohol often plays a big part in the activities during their celebration.

All drivers must remember the Police advice – “Don’t drink and drive.”

The men and women of the Fiji Police Force will be out in numbers in an effort to cut down on drunk driving.

Here are some simple options to consider and choose from to make sure you and others are safe:

•Just don’t drink and drive. If you drink, don’t get behind the wheel no matter what.

•Take a cab.

•Just don’t drive. It is always dangerous to be on the road on New Year’s Eve. If possible, ask to spend the night with a friend or book a room within walking distance of your festivities to avoid potential drunk drivers. There will probably be lots of impaired drivers out there and the best way to stay safe is to avoid driving altogether.

For most of the young boys and male adults they will be preparing their bamboo guns to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

For these people, be alert when operating it, especially when kerosene will be used.

Select an open space to use your bamboo cannon.

Remember when planning for the New Year celebrations, safety must be priority.

With proper planning you can protect yourself from some of the more common risks.

Take heed of this advice from a Pastor – “When you’re out having a good time, things can get out of control very quickly. If you’re in a situation where you feel uncomfortable, not in control or vulnerable, there’s a good chance you’re not. Get out of the situation as soon as you can.”

So let’s remember the reason for the celebration — the start of a New Year with a clean slate and a whole new set of possibilities — and have a safe and fun time.

Have a happy and safe New Year celebration.


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