Police in Edinburgh are gearing up for the busiest night of the year tonight as thousands head out on festive celebrations.
High-visibility patrols will be launched in areas of the Capital likely to have increased footfall and officers have been liaising with staff at pubs and clubs to remind them of their licencing responsibilities.
Police are urging members of the public to stay safe while partying over the festive period.
The ‘Think Twice’ campaign is operating across the city and many licensed venues will be displaying posters urging people to drink responsibly and not to become involved in alcohol-related crimes.
Inspector Emma Croft said police and partner agencies were working “to make sure the public remember their celebrations for all the right reasons”.
She said: “Anyone found to be involved in serious criminal behaviour associated with alcohol will be subject to strict bail conditions barring them from the city centre, should they be charged.”
Insp Croft also urged party-goers to plan their journey home, by travelling with friends or family, using taxi companies or public transport.
She added: “If travelling on foot stick to well-lit areas and always be aware of your surroundings. All of this advice can be found in our ‘Good Nights Out, Get Home Safe’ leaflet, which is currently on our social media accounts.
“I would also like to remind revellers that the drink-drive limit has now changed in Scotland and Road Policing Officers are robustly monitoring all roads across the country. The chances of being caught have never been greater and it is quite simply not worth the risk. If you are in any doubt as to whether you are fit to drive, then don’t.”
The Edinburgh Facebook and Twitter pages will also be promoting Police Scotland’s ‘Good Nights Out, Get Home Safe’ guidance, which provides useful information on getting to and from your evening’s entertainment.