Break­ing law could cost you $250

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NICOLA STE­WART nicola.ste­

Mata­mata po­lice have is­sued seven in­fringe­ment no­tices un­der the amended Sale and Sup­ply of Al­co­hol Act in the last week.

Of­fi­cers can now is­sue al­co­hol in­fringe­ment of­fence no­tices (AIONs) for a range of of­fences, in­clud­ing breach of lo­cal al­co­hol bans (for­merly known as liquor bans), lend­ing an ID to an un­der 18-year-old or pre­sent­ing a fake ID. Each of those of­fences now carry an in­stant $250 fine.

Mata­mata’s al­co­hol ban ap­plies to all ar­eas where the speed limit is 50kmh.

Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk, of Mata­mata, said the no­tices were a more ef­fi­cient way to deal with these type of of­fences.

‘‘Where be­fore, with a breach of liquor ban, a per­son would be ar­rested, then cau­tioned or taken to court, now we can re­lease them with a ticket for $250.’’

Po­lice still had a power of ar­rest for these mat­ters, he said.

Other of­fences in­clude un­der 18- year- olds buy­ing al­co­hol or drink­ing without a guardian in a pub­lic place, mi­nors in restricted or su­per­vised ar­eas, or man­agers or em­ploy­ees in­tox­i­cated on duty.

Mr McGurk said it was hoped the risk of catch­ing an in­stant fine would make peo­ple think twice be­fore tak­ing al­co­hol into a banned area.

‘‘ Hav­ing that drink may not re­sult in a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion but it will re­sult in a $250 fine, which is a lot of money for most peo­ple. ‘‘That’s a very ex­pen­sive drink.’’ To avoid a fine, leave the drinks at home, he said.

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