INCREASED PATROLS: Acting Sergeant Brad Cuthbert and Acting Sergeant Stuart Culley keep an eye on Maroochydore’s Ocean Street area.
INCREASED PATROLS: Acting Sergeant Brad Cuthbert and Acting Sergeant Stuart Culley keep an eye on Maroochydore’s Ocean Street area. Warren Lynam

Police trying to crack down on ‘pre-loaded’ patrons at pubs

"PRE-loading" on alcohol before heading out to pubs and clubs is a major concern for Sunshine Coast police and licensees.

To avoid high alcohol prices and long lines in venues, young people are increasingly binge drinking before they go out. Inspector Jason Overland said police were attempting to tackle "pre-loading" with increased patrols of public places such as car parks.

"We are handing out liquor-infringement notices where people are breaking the law," he said.

Insp Overland said the introduction of an ID scanning network on the Coast would also address "pre-loading" concerns.

He said over-intoxicated patrons could be banned from the entire Maroochydore and Mooloolaba entertainment precinct.

Insp Overland said the majority of patrons on the Coast did the right thing when enjoying themselves on a night out.

"There has been a decrease in reported assaults in the past five to seven years even though the numbers of patrons and premises have increased," he said.

Insp Overland said he welcomed the Safe Night Out campaign and a collaborative approach appeared to be the way forward.

"Banning orders issued by the courts to offenders send a clear message that certain behaviour is not condoned and not welcome in our licensed premises," he said.

He said if funding for additional security, police and CCTV was made available, it was hoped this would lead to enhanced safety.


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