Al­co­hol re­spon­si­bil­ity

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion - Sergeant Paul Trim­ble South Metro Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Unit

In the lead-up to Christ­mas, it is timely to re­mind our com­mu­nity to be mind­ful of our ac­tions when it comes to al­co­hol and our youth.

Most of our youth in the com­mu­nity are do­ing the right thing but there are some young peo­ple who when in­tox­i­cated not only lack re­spect for them­selves but also for their par­ents, com­mu­nity and any per­son in author­ity.

As a com­mu­nity we all have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and en­sure that al­co­hol is not get­ting into the hands of our youth.

Whether it is in­di­vid­u­als or busi­nesses il­le­gally sup­ply­ing liquor, we need to make sure we take ac­tion and re­port it im­me­di­ately to po­lice.

When you see youth be­ing supplied al­co­hol in the early af­ter­noon, this has a di­rect cor­re­la­tion to the in­tox­i­cated youths who cause the anti-so­cial be­hav­iour such as yelling pro­fan­i­ties, smash­ing bottles and dam­ag­ing prop­erty at night.

This causes fear and dis­tress to some in our com­mu­nity, leav­ing res­i­dents be­ing kept up late and hav­ing to re­peat­edly call for po­lice assistance.

Lo­cal po­lice will be tar­get­ing es­tab­lish­ments and per­sons who are sell­ing al­co­hol to or buy­ing it for those un­der the age of 18 and will con­sider pros­e­cu­tion if the ev­i­dence ex­ists.

The fol­low­ing fines ap­ply for those sell­ing or sup­ply­ing liquor il­le­gally: ju­ve­niles pur­chas­ing liquor, as well as those that pur­chase liquor on be­half of ju­ve­niles, are li­able for a $2000 fine.

Li­censees and man­agers are also li­able for a fine of $10,000 and other staff a fine of $2000.

If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion on any­one sup­ply­ing al­co­hol to youths, please call po­lice 131444 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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