Extra police targeting drunken behaviour this weekend
THERE will be extra police on the beat this weekend in a blitz on drunken behaviour.
The annual Operation Unite initiative will be conducted this Friday and Saturday night with extra officers targeting drunken troublemakers.
Coffs Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said the region will have an extra 10 police officers this weekend.
He added the penalties for failing to comply with police orders are both swift and severe.
"It's a $550 on the spot fine if you fail to quit a licensed premises when asked to do so by police," Det Insp Jameson said.
"We will not engage in any negotiations with any patron who is drunk and disorderly and asked to leave.
"If you do not leave you will be immediately issued with a $550 fine. If you are supplying alcohol to minors you will will be issued with an $1100 on the spot fine and if you you continue to cause disruption or stay within the area you can be assured the police will take any action they need to remove from that area including placing you under arrest."
In the past two months almost $20,000 in on the spot fines have been issued to those who've been unable to act responsibly while consuming alcohol.