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    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Bill Byrne

    Police praise behaviour as Queensland welcomes 2016

    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Bill Byrne

    Friday, January 01, 2016

    Police praise behaviour as Queensland welcomes 2016

    Police have praised the behaviour of New Year’s revellers across the state with reported crowd numbers up while arrests were down compared to last year.

    An estimated 120,000 people attended the South Bank precinct in Brisbane to join in celebrations while around 50,000 counted down to 2016 in Surfers Paradise.

    There were 536 arrests at celebrations across the state, mostly for public order and drug related offences, 100 fewer than last year.

    A total of 231 street and liquor infringement notices were issued throughout Queensland.

    Thirty people were issued a banning notice from South Bank parklands while 12 people were banned from the Surfers Paradise precinct.

    Police Minister Bill Byrne said he was pleased the vast majority of Queenslanders were well behaved and enjoyed New Year celebrations without incident.

    “It is pleasing to hear that while police had a busy night across the state, the majority of celebrations were free of any major incidents,” Minister Byrne said.

    “Crowd numbers were higher than last year and most revellers were well behaved. I think that is a great start to 2016 but unfortunately there were some who ignored the warnings and risked their lives and lives of others by driving while drunk or under the influence of illegal drugs.”

    Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Michael Keating said the most disturbing outcome for police was the significant number of drug drivers arrested.

    “Additional road drug testing being conducted this Christmas and New Year period has revealed a concerning number of people are getting behind the wheel of a car while affected by dangerous drugs,” Assistant Commissioner Keating said.

    “On New Year’s Eve, 61 drug drivers were arrested and more than 320 drug drivers have been arrested this Christmas period.

    “Police will continue to roll-out further road drug testing programs in 2016 as we aim to reduce the number of people putting themselves and others at risk by driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.”

    A total of 242 people died on Queensland roads in 2015, 20 more than in 2014.

    Statewide arrest breakdown

    District

    Arrests

    Charges

    Liquor and street infringement notices

    South Brisbane

    53

    32

    6

    North Brisbane

    74

    115

    42

    Gold Coast

    84

    76

    37

    Logan

    15

    15

    1

    Sunshine Coast

    65

    60

    57

    Darling Downs District (including Toowoomba)

    28

    18

    9

    Ipswich

    21

    19

    0

    Mackay (including Airlie Beach)

    15

    22

    13

    Townsville

    43

    38

    10

    Mount Isa

    10

    14

    4

    Wide Bay Burnett

    34

    32

    14

    South West District

    10

    8

    3

    Capricornia

    32

    31

    22

    Moreton (including Caboolture)

    24

    31

    7

    Far North District (including Cairns)

    28

    18

    Total

    536

    529

    231