Simon Corbell today asked if Canberrans could try and behave this Summer, and not commit any crimes. Nobody has simply asked everyone to follow the law before, and I hope Simon’s bold strategy pays off. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Simon also informed people that there are these guys called “police” and that these police-people will punish you if you commit crimes.
You know, just in case we had forgotten what a police was.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today urged Canberrans to take responsibility for their safety this summer, warning that police would respond appropriately to those who engage in violent or anti-social behaviour.
Mr Corbell and Chief Police Officer for the ACT, Rudi Lammers, launched the 2013-14 ‘Safe Summer’ campaign today which encourages Canberrans to enjoy the many events over the summer period by behaving responsibly and thinking of others. The campaign focuses on alcohol and responsible drinking, the issue of party drugs, how to help yourself and others stay safe, as well as traffic and road safety messaging.
Mr Corbell said the holiday period was a busy time for everyone, with school formals and Christmas parties currently underway and upcoming events such as New Year’s Eve, Australia Day celebrations and Summernats certain to attract large crowds.
“Canberra remains one of Australia’s safest capital cities, but it’s also a busy and cosmopolitan city, with celebrations, parties and get-togethers right through the lead-up to Christmas. We would urge people not to ruin their Christmas by alcohol-related risky behaviour. It is proven that an intoxicated person becomes more vulnerable to either committing a crime, or becoming a victim of crime,” Mr Corbell said.
That last bit is my favourite.
Drunk people are at risk of committing a crime! Oh no!
“I’m so sorry everyone, I drank too much and that crime just came out of nowhere. Before I could stop I just commited straight into it. If I’d known how easy it was to accidentally commit a crime while intoxicated I would never have gone out looking for a fight while drinking.”
[Photo courtesy Simon Corbell’s office]