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Police Ready for New Years Eve

As residents and visitors to the Cayman Islands get ready to see in 2009, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) is asking everyone to make safety their number one priority.

Superintendent Adrian Seales, head of Uniformed Operations said: "New Yearís Eve is traditionally a time for celebration and we want to make sure that is what it is for everybody. Plan your night out in advance, so you know where you are going and how you will be getting home. Keep an eye on each other while you are out and remember that binge drinking can make you vulnerable."

The three proactive operations; Python 2, Thor 2 and Caspian 2 running in George Town, West Bay and the Eastern Districts respectively will continue over the New Year period and officers will be carrying out high visibility, targeted patrols in and around liquor license premises while roadblocks will be conducted to ensure that road users stay safe.

"We donít want to spoil peopleís fun," said Mr Seales. "We just want people to make sure they enjoy themselves in a responsible, safe way."

The RCIPS is reminding people that even one drink can cause their driving skills to be impaired, so the safest option is not to drink at all if you will be getting behind the wheel.

"A good night out should have a good ending," stressed Mr Seales. "If you drink and drive you are likely to end up in a police station at best and at worst the hospital. Itís not worth it, have a designated driver; call a taxi."

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling crime stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.