Police warning to celebrating exam students

Police urging students to stay safe when planning any post results party nights out

WITH A level results out this morning, police in Fermanagh are urging students to keep safety in mind when planning any post-results party nights out.
Results night has become well known as a night of celebrations and high spirited young people. The trouble with this is the overindulgence of alcohol and disorderly behaviour that some young people find themselves involved in.
Chief Inspector Graham Dodds is advising students to remember that this overindulgence can have long-term consequences: “We understand young people will want to go out and celebrate their results after all their hard work. However we have found that sometimes high spirits can go a little too far with some overindulging in alcohol and getting into trouble.
“We want to keep the number of alcohol-related incidents to a minimum and remind revellers that each of us is responsible for our own actions, even when under the influence of alcohol. A criminal record for assault or a public order offence can put a dampner on future career prospects and could have even longer-term consequences, like affecting your eligibility to get a travel visa or gain entry to some overseas countries.”
Chief Inspector Dodds says that planning ahead and keeping an eye on your peers are also key to safe celebrations: “We also want to make sure anyone planning on heading out to celebrate their results puts as much thought into how they are getting home at the end of night as they do into how they are getting there and what they are wearing. It’s a good idea to have your lift home arranged or taxi pre-booked before you go out.
“It’s also important that friends look out for each other. Be responsible and stick together. Finally, congratulations to everyone getting their results and if you are going out to celebrate, have a great (and safe) night!”

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