THE PSNI want the public to stay safe on New Year’s and enjoy the celebrations to ring in 2013.
However, police have also launched an initiative to remind the public of the risks of getting involved in an argument or fight which could ultimately lead to serious injury or death.
The One Punch initiative has been launched by Detective Chief Inspector Karen Baxter.
The DCI said: “December is traditionally a busy month for local nightclubs and restaurants with revellers celebrating the festivities.
“However, One Punch attacks can and do happen.
“Our figures show that since 2004, 20 people have died as a result of One Punch attacks and many more have been seriously injured.
“With just One Punch, lives have been destroyed and families’ lives have been wrecked.“
“Unfortunately the majority of these incidents are fuelled by excessive alcohol and can have a devastating impact on the victim and their family.
” In such cases the offender will likely face a murder or manslaughter charge and have a criminal record for the rest of their life.
“This type of conviction can impose significant restrictions on an individual’s future.”
Detective Chief Inspector Baxter added: “Raising awareness now of the dangers of One Punch is important, as many people will be out socialising in the run-up to New Year Celebrations and most students and young people are off for their Christmas Break.
“Our message is to enjoy your night out, but more importantly – Stay Safe.”