Police are advising Christchurch concert-goers to drink responsibly at festivals in the coming weeks.
There are several concerts in Christchurch in the next few weeks, including Electric Avenue, Andy C and Netsky, which will be a fun day out for those attending as long as people drink in moderation.
Sergeant Dave Robertson says at the LAB/Shapeshifter concert last Saturday at Hagley Park there were a number of highly intoxicated people who were refused entry or removed from the venue.
“Our staff were also aware of a number of attendees pre-loading and walking into the event carrying and drinking alcohol when there was a liquor ban in place,” Sergeant Robertson says.
“Police don’t want to stop people from having fun and encourage you to have a good time in the safest way possible.”
Here are some tips from Police to keep yourself and your friends safe:
• Don’t line up with alcohol in your possession or there may get a $250 fine on top of your ticket price
• Pre-loading might seem like a cheap way to get ready for a night out, but you won’t get into a bar or concert venue if you’re intoxicated
• Drink plenty of water and have some kai before heading to a gig
• Excessive drinking can impair your judgment, making you vulnerable to causing or becoming a victim of crime.
• Look out for each other and make sure you and your mates all get home safely.
Police’s primary focus is on the well-being of everyone, so if you require assistance please reach out – they’re there to help.
People can also ring 111 if they require immediate assistance.
Issued by Police Media Centre