Police ‘happy’ with wet and windy New Year forecast
Monday 31 December 2012
The rain and strong winds forecast for New Year’s Eve will lead to fewer emergency service call-outs because people will spend less time outside, says police union ANPV in Monday’s NRC.
Weather forecasters expect the evening to be cloudy and wet, with temperatures around 9 Celsius. It will also be very windy at times.
‘If people are outside for a shorter period, it is a benefit,’ ANPV chairman Walter Welting told news agency Novum. ‘People experience fewer problems and are less likely to involve the police. That in turn makes it less likely emergency service workers will have rockets aimed at them.’
‘It is not about spoiling people’s fun, and of course I prefer good weather, but I think the safety of my colleagues is more important,' Welting said.
Last year hundreds of people were arrested during the New Year festivities. People who attack emergency service workers face a fast-track court case and hefty fines.