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Holiday Alcohol Abuse Tops Vanuatu Police Concerns
Deputy commissioner appeals for public to consider safety

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Dec. 24, 2012) – More than 300 police are being deployed across Vanuatu as part of a holiday campaign targeting drunk drivers.

Operation Noel begins tonight and will focus on the regional town centers of Port Vila and Santo.

Deputy Police Commissioner Arthur Caulton says alcohol is his main worry over the holiday period.

"We're appealing to the public, while they're celebrating Christmas and New Year, you must think about your safety, your safety is paramount," he told Radio Australia's Tok Pisin service.

Deputy Commissioner Caulton said while he was expecting people to "make noise" on New Year's Eve, he wasn't anticipating any major disturbances.

"Police are only concerned about people getting drunk, throwing bins in the street and other things like that."

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