Clare’s Crime Prevention Officer Advises Leaving Certs To Celebrate Responsibly

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Clare’s Crime Prevention Officer is urging leaving cert students finishing their exams to look out for each other if heading out to celebrate.

The exams will official finish on Tuesday next week, but many students will have their final exam out of the way by the weekend.

Sergeant Triona Brooks is reminding students that they must be over 18 to buy alcohol and they should have a plan in place if they’re going out.

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Sergeant Brooks said “Remember you have to be over 18 to legally obtain alcohol in pubs and night clubs. There are loads of people who don’t drink – don’t give them a hard time about it. Respect other people’s choices”

“Plan your night out, how are you getting there and how are you getting back? Let someone know where you are going and when you are coming back. Avoid walking alone in dark or remote places. Never attempt to reason with drunk or aggressive people. Be Streetwise, be wary of your surroundings and mind your property and know where your handbag, wallet, mobile phone and keys are at all times”.

“Some students may have their own car or their parent’s car, we would advise them to leave the car at home and if you are driving don’t consume alcohol or drugs and we would plead with students. Do not take a lift from a driver that has intoxicating liquor or drugs consumed and do not consume drugs. We want to encourage students to look out for each other and if your friend is under the influence of alcohol, make sure they get home safely.