The rising cost of public drunkenness on the coast
POLICE in the Coffs Clarence have recently issued more than $80,000 in fines to revellers who have failed to leave the vicinity of licensed premises when told.
Officers have actively targetted alcohol related offences in and around Coffs Coast and Clarence Valley pubs and clubs in an attempt to prevent anti-social behaviour and provide a safe environment for both patrons and other members of the public.
Local police stepped up their actions in November last year and by the end of June had issued 146 infringements where people failing to follow police move-on directions were fined $550.
The infringement offences include excluded person fail to leave premises when required, excluded person re-enter/attempt to re-enter premises, excluded person remain in vicinity of licensed premises and excluded person re-enter vicinity of licensed premises.
Police said there were also countless infringements issued for offensive language and offensive behaviour.
The focus on these types of offences will continue, police said, in the hope the message sinks in: "If you're told to leave - leave."