Cab anger at licensed venues over drunks

SUNSHINE Coast cabbies have expressed outrage over what they say is the ongoing irresponsible behaviour of licensed venues when serving alcohol.

The call for venues to lift their game follows Suncoast Cabs being forced to alert police early yesterday morning over grave concerns for the safety of a heavily intoxicated woman passenger.

The driver had picked her up from a Mooloolaba nightspot.

"How could a licensed establishment be following responsible drinking policies and let someone get into this state?" Suncoast Cabs general manager John Lobwein said.

Mr Lobwein said drivers continually had to deal with highly drunk passengers after picking them up from licensed venues.

He said there were two incidents this week when drivers lodged reports about heavily intoxicated passengers.

"Look, you can have meetings until the cows come home, but at the end of the day we're talking about someone who got into a cab and within a kilometre had fallen out of the cab, vomited and passed out," he said in reference to the latest incident.

"I know that they (venues) do cut people off … but that's two girls in the space of five days that have passed out drunk on the side of the road.

"Someone's got to take action, because they talk about date rape, yet someone's letting them get into this state."

CALM, an industry partnership between Coast-based licensed venues, aims to find practical solutions to alcohol-related issues.

Its Maroochydore chairman Dion Spadaro said he had spoken with representatives from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation and police this week and they were happy with the behaviour of venues.



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