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The NSW Government is acting on drug and alcohol violence

Published

26th January 2014

 

The NSW Government has announced a series of initiatives to tackle drug and alcohol related violence.

 

Penalties

  • An eight  year mandatory minimum sentence for those convicted under  new one punch laws where  the offender is intoxicated by drugs and/or alcohol, plus new mandatory minimum sentences for violent assaults  where  intoxicated by drugs  and/or alcohol;
  • The removal of voluntary intoxication by drugs or alcohol as a mitigating factor when  courts determine sentences;
  • Increasing the maximum sentence to 25 years for the illegal supply and possession of steroids - up from two  years;
  • Increased on-the-spot fines to $1,100 for continued intoxicated and disorderly behaviour disobeying a police move-on order­ an increase of more  than five times;

CBD Precinct

  • Introduction of 1.30am  lockouts and 3am last drinks across  an expanded CBD precinct to include Kings  Cross to Cockle Bay, The Rocks to Haymarket and Darlinghurst.
  • Free buses running every  ten minutes  from  Kings Cross to the CBD to connect with existing NightRide services  on Friday and Saturday  nights;
  • Enabling Police  to impose an immediate CBD precinct ban of up to 48 hours  for trouble-makers;
  • A precinct-wide freeze on liquor  licences for new pubs and clubs;

Liquor Licencing

  • The introduction of a periodic risk-based licencing scheme  with higher  fees imposed for venues and outlets that have later trading hours, poor  compliance histories  or are in high risk locations;
  • New state-wide 10pm  closing time  for all bottle shops  and liquor stores;

Community Awareness

  • A community awareness and media  campaign to address the culture of binge drinking and the associated drug and alcohol related violence.

 

The NSW Government is committed to working with community and industry to address this problem to make our streets safer.