The governments attempt to prevent alcohol fuelled violence

The governments attempt to prevent alcohol fuelled violence

Although, ID scanners at the doors of clubs and pubs are not something new as of 1st July they are becoming a mandatory fixture at all entries of licensed venues, who trade after midnight on a permanent basis, unless exempt.

ID scanners are part of the Government’s strategy to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence and are designed to keep patrons who have a history of violence out of our venues to ensure people can have a fun and safe night out.

ID scanners are linked to an ID scanning system. They allow licensees to cross-check a person’s ID against a database of people who are subject to a banning order.

“On the weekend, about 50 venues across the state were using the scanners and banning orders were flagged with staff 22 times. That is 22 times someone with a violent history could have entered a licenced venue but was stopped,” said Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath.

However, MiePlace manager Aodhan McCann does not feel that implementing ID scanners is an effective way to combat alcohol-fuelled violence.

“It won’t change too much for us as we have been running a scanner for over 2 years. Unfortunately, ID scanners are only a tool for identifying problem patron, they do not stop actual fights. So, good, vigilant security staff are still our main line of defence in combating violence.”

A patron is not permitted to re-enter the regulated premises after 10pm without having their ID scanned. This applies regardless of whether a ‘pass-out stamp’ has been issued.

The Government is providing a one-off payment of $4000 to venues to assist with the costs associated with introducing ID scanners.