Don’t be like these drunk idiots this New Year’s Eve

Richard Hartley-Parkinson

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There’s a health warning going round Australia that is just as relevant to people in the UK this New Year’s Eve.

It shows people falling over at train stations in a variety of different ways in a bid to get people to think about how much they’re drinking.

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All the incidents were filmed in Queensland and transport bosses have released the footage to urge people to keep their wits about them.

Chief Executive Officer Nick Easy said: ‘Public transport is a great way to travel to and from events, particularly when alcohol is involved and driving is not an option, but it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and look out for your mates.

‘While these incidents can seem humorous, this video a stark reminder of how easily alcohol can affect you, causing you to act in ways you usually wouldn’t or lose your footing.

Don't be like these drunk idiots this New Year's Eve
This man ended up questioning his life choices after falling repeatedly and just giving up (Picture: Caters)
Don't be like these drunk idiots this New Year's Eve
Whatever he was carrying in his bag was left all over the station floor (Picture: Caters)

‘In an active train station environment you’re multiplying your risk of serious injury.’

In one of the clips, filmed at Sandgate station earlier this year, a drunk man running along a stairwell at full pelt with a bag of alcohol in tow trips twice in quick succession.

In another, caught on camera at Fortitude Valley station in August, a passenger tries – and fails – to jump over the barriers before landing in a heap on the floor and making a break for it down an up escalator.

Transport bosses said the escape artist’s plan was thwarted by police, who met him on the platform and issued him with a AU$247 (£143) fine.

Mr Easy added: ‘With trains weighing up to 120 tonnes regularly passing through platforms without the ability to instantly brake or swerve, stations are no place to take risks with your safety.

‘We want everyone to enjoy their celebrations, but we also want to see everyone get home safely.

‘These clips serve as an important reminder for passengers taking the train during the festive season to keep their wits about them, and to take care of their mates.

‘Ensuring you and your friends are capable of acting safely before setting foot on the rail network is a simple precaution I encourage you all to take.’

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