01 Jul DRUG USE WILL SPIKE WITH NEW LOCKOUT LAWS
It’s no secret that there has been an increased problem around Australia with drinking related offenses, bad drunken behavior and violence caused from intoxication. Today marks the change of law’s where the aim is to reduce those social issues.
As of the 1st of July the first stage of Queensland’s new lockout laws have come into effect. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the laws would make Queensland safer and save lives.
“The evidence is clear: reduced trading hours leads to reduced violence, and that’s what this Bill delivers,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
Today, the very same day the new lockout laws have been put into place we’ve received a heated message from a local person relating to the new lockout laws. They say it will not help.
“You think these laws will protect the public from alcohol fueled violence? WRONG it will not ‘change behavior’! It WILL move the violence to a different time and place. The trend of ‘pre-drinking’ will grow even more, drug use will likely increase to compensate for the ban on high alcohol content drinks, and the earlier lockouts will mean any violence will be pushed out onto the streets or into people’s very own homes. The changes will also see businesses and employees suffer with decreased trading hours and loss of patrons.” explains an anonymous local individual.
What will actually change with these new laws:
- Last drinks in suburban and country pubs and clubs outside nightclub precincts will be 2am
- Venues in designated Safe Night Precincts such as Fortitude Valley, Cairns CBD and Gladstone CBD will call last drinks at 3am
- Shots and drinks containing more than 45ml of spirits or liqueur will be banned after midnight
- No new approvals for bottle shops to trade past 10pm — though existing approvals remain
The second stage of these laws will be implemented in February 2017 with 1am lockout being introduced in venues serving alcohol until 3am – all Safe Night Precincts. Casinos, however, will remain exempt.
Let us know if you think these new laws are a good idea or not?