Students urged to go easy on booze
Police, ambulance services and organisers of the Student Day at the Races are encouraging students to take it easy on the booze and look after each other this weekend.
The annual event is on tomorrow at the Awapuni Racecourse.
Students' behaviour came under fire after the 2009 edition of the event, when many were escorted off the racecourse after misbehaving.
Acting Senior Sergeant Phil Ward said police would be helping with security this weekend.
While keen to see people have a good time, he said students had to make sure they followed a few simple rules. "They cannot take alcohol into the ground.
"If they display signs of being intoxicated, they can be removed."
Mr Ward said police hoped people would take a responsible attitude to drinking, and that they would look out for their mates.
"Students have to be mindful that the public is there as well, and their behaviour will be on display for the public to see."
But police were impressed with the attitude of event organisers, and were happy they were taking it seriously, he said.
Organiser Steven Christodoulou said his team had decided to take a professional approach to keep a lid on any unruly behaviour.
Buses had been organised to pick up students from either designated pickup points or by driving to flats known to have organised pre-parties. The buses would also drop people at their doorstep at the end of the night.
Food would be provided both during and after the event to ensure punters had enough to eat, Mr Christodoulou said.
St John Manawatu-Horowhenua operations manager Steve Yanko said he hoped people would drink responsibly.
"The ambulance picks up the pieces from the binge drinking that's out there.
"We accept it's part of our role, but we're not afraid to say . . . that people need to take care of themselves."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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