Police heighten security across country for New Year’s Eve celebrations

Police patrols will focus on preventing terrorist attacks and cracking down on drunk driving.

Police chat near a patrol car  (photo credit: MARK PROBST / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
Police chat near a patrol car
Hundreds more police officers than usual will be deployed throughout the country on Sunday night, New Year’s Eve, to ensure celebrants are safe.
Meanwhile, Magen David Adom teams are preparing to cope with New Year’s Eve accidents and incidents of violence, resulting from overconsumption of alcohol by teenagers and adults. Paramedics and medics, along with ambulances and other equipment, are being readied.
The police patrols will focus on preventing terrorist attacks and cracking down on drunk driving in the cities, including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Beersheba and Haifa.
“Police security assessments have been completed for New Year’s Eve, including increased operations in all major cities and areas where celebrations will be taking place across the country,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Friday.
“Border Police, undercover, Special Patrol and helicopter units will patrol the different areas to closely monitor, prevent and, if necessary, respond to any security-related incidents, while at the same time keeping an eye on all illegal drinking and driving in order to make sure the roads are safe,” he said.
Rosenfeld added that checkpoints will be set up on all major roadways to carry out random checks for drunk drivers, with an emphasis on younger drivers.
No intelligence has been received regarding planned attacks, but police and emergency responders are leaving nothing to chance, he said.
“Police will work to eliminate all threats to ensure that all revelers can celebrate safely,” Rosenfeld said.
Magen David Adom reminds the public to take precautions to ensure safety:
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, which can cause confusion, loss of memory, poor judgment and coordination, and tiredness. Alcohol poisoning can cause a person to fall into a fatal coma. MDA also warned that drinking and driving could also be deadly. Parents must remind their parents that consuming alcohol under the age of 18 is forbidden.
Last New Year’s Eve, MDA teams treated 83 teens and adults for the effects of excessive drinking, the organization said. Before going to a New Year’s party, appoint a designated driver making sure that whoever is behind the wheel does not drink. If the designated driver drinks, leave the car parked and go home by public transport or taxi, MDA advised.
Those who have gotten drunk must be moved from dangerous places such as a road, a balcony, electric machines and vehicles. If the victim is unconscious or not breathing, immediately start resuscitation procedures and alert MDA by calling 101. If the victim vomits, tilt him on his side. The victim should not be allowed to drink coffee or any other liquid because he may inhale it into his lungs and choke.
Do not leave drinks unattended at parties as someone could spike ones drink with dangerous drugs like tranquilizers or ketamine.
MDA also advised party-goers to avoid going into crowded places; when more people than the official limit is exceeded, there could be pushing or a stampede that may lead to injury.
It added that the day after New Year’s Eve celebrations, one must get enough sleep before driving.