Media release

New Year’s Operations

Emergency Service
Fire and Rescue

Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Service are wishing everyone a safe and happy New Year’s Eve as we move into 2023. 

Commander James Joseph O’brien said there will be an increased police presence across the Greater Darwin Region, focussing on public safety, antisocial behaviour, violence and drink drivers.

"Extended licensed premises trading hours are expected to result in increased revelling across Darwin entertainment precincts and police will be there to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and safe night.

“While the majority of the community is expected to celebrate responsibly, unfortunately there is a small cohort who disregard their alcohol tolerance and get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

"The message is simple. Do not drink and drive. Police do not want to bring in the New Year by devastating the lives of families and friends who have just lost their loved one.”

“We cannot stress the importance of not speeding, don’t drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs, don’t drive tired, don’t drive distracted and always wear a seatbelt.”

Police are urging the public to ensure you have a plan to get home safely.  Options are available such as staying in a hotel, arranging a sober bob driver, the Darwin Bus Service, Uber, taxis or mini busses.

A monsoon trough continues to extend over the Northern Territory and southern Gulf of Carpentaria and is bringing with it thunderstorms and squalls of up to 50 knots. Emergency Services are urging all recreational mariners to rethink the need to head out onto the water and are urging all motorists to drive to the conditions. Remember; if it’s flooded, forget it.

"Let’s not start off the New Year by making excuses for poor decision making” Commander O’Brien said.

There will also be an increased number of police in Alice Springs through an expanded Operation Drina.

Commander Mathew Hollamby said “Operation Drina saw a surge of over 40 frontline officers into Alice Springs, and has now been up and running for a number weeks.

“Those members will be out and about around the CBD and surrounds to ensure everyone is celebrating New Year’s Eve safely and responsibly.

“All police ask is that everyone looks after one another, drinks sensibly and makes plans to get home safely.

“Let’s all make sure we start off the new year in the Red Centre on a positive, not in a cell.”