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Police step up presence over New Year

Police have promised a strong presence over the New Year's weekend.

Acting Police Commissioner Martin Weekes said police, supported by reserves, would give “particular attention to the New Year's festivities on Friday night, and the football games around the Island”.

Asked if any specific events would receive special attention, Mr Weekes said police would be at all games, adding: “We will have a number of patrols out monitoring big parties that we are aware of.”

He said that the Bermuda Football Association would also provide security for games as they saw fit. Police will also keep a close watch at New Year's Eve celebrations in Hamilton and St. George.

“Our officers will maintain a strong police presence to deter offenders from spoiling the festivities, and will respond very quickly to any emergency.” Mr Weekes commended the public for a Christmas holiday that saw few incidents of violence.

He said that “whilst there were some incidents of public order, they were swiftly and robustly dealt with”.

“Significant attention was also focused on Bermuda's roads during the Christmas weekend to make Bermuda safer,” he added.

Eleven people were arrested over the holiday under suspicion of impaired driving.

Mr Weekes warned: “We will again have a lot of officers on the street to address drink driving issues.”

Superintendent James Howard added: “The holiday should be a joyous occasion. Persons drinking should consider identifying a designated driver, taking alternate transport, or if drinking at a house seeing if they can stay there for the night.”

CADA chairman Anthony Santucci praised the Bermuda Police Service's extra vigilance against drunk driving.

“We discourage drinking and driving at any time, but it's very nice for us to see the police stepping up their forces over the New Year's period.”

Mr Santucci added that CADA's complimentary Let Us Drive taxi service will be available on New Year's Day between 3.15am and 3.45am.

“We expect it to be a busy night, so we've doubled our capacity so we'll be able to take about 80 people home. It's there for when the clubs close, and we're asking people to make their way up there and get home safely.”

Let Us Drive rides are available outside the LOM Building, on the corner of Reid and Burnaby Streets.

Seven-year-old Sanai Smith and her step-sister, nine-year-old Jahstice Smith show off their New Year's Eve shades.

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Published December 31, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 31, 2010 at 7:10 am)

Police step up presence over New Year

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