Police Officers in Cheshire say they hope everyone will have a great time celebrating the Queen′s Jubilee − but not with them.
"For many people the two day holiday, preceded by a weekend, is likely to involve having a few drinks, especially if the weather is good, says Assistant Chief Constable Janette McCormick.
"Drinking excessively could put you on our radar, as statistics show you are more likely to be involved in a road traffic collision, or an argument that can lead to violence on the streets or in the home. You also increase your chances of becoming a target for street crime and sexual assault.
"We want people to be aware of the impact alcohol can have on their judgement. We are asking everyone, this bank holiday, to enjoy the celebrations but to be sensible. Too much alcohol makes you vulnerable"
The Jubilee will mark the start of a Cheshire Police campaign to highlight the dangers of drinking too much, including the consequences of drinking and driving; the possible annoyance caused to neighbours by summer parties and barbecues which get out of hand because people are drunk; the potential for disorder among some football fans who gather in pubs to watch European Cup matches; the nuisance caused by people urinating in the street after drinking, and the way alcohol can affect your judgement so that you put yourself in situations you would get into when sober, making you vulnerable to crime.
Assistant Chief Constable McCormick said, "When you are out with friends in the summer, it is easy to loose track of just how much you are drinking. We want people to realise that by keeping a clear head and controlling the amount you drink you can get maximum enjoyment, stay safe and not have to worry about any bad news later.
"Most people behave well. During the summer months of 2011, when we ran a similar campaign, the number of alcohol-related incidents reported in Cheshire was well down on the previous year and we want that trend to continue.
"The summer of 2012 can be even better, and the Queen′s Jubilee celebrations will be the ideal starting point for that."