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On the spot fines increased

Anyone engaging in drunken or anti-social behaviour faces increased on-the-spot fines from tomorrow, as part of the Government’s crackdown on drug and alcohol-fuelled violence, Attorney General Greg Smith SC and Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Michael Gallacher announced today.

Criminal Infringement Notices for offensive language and offensive behaviour will rise to $500, while continued intoxicated and disorderly behaviour after a move on direction will attract a fine of $1100.
“The message to drunken thugs is clear: violent, offensive and anti-social behaviour simply won’t be tolerated. Anyone ignoring that message should prepare to learn a very expensive lesson,” Mr Smith said.
“This is the latest step in our measures targeting intoxicated street behaviour. Lockouts have started, the mandatory minimum sentences for fatal one punch attacks have come into effect, and now unacceptable behaviour will face much higher fines.”
“Meanwhile the Opposition is refusing to back our second tranche of reform, determined to water it down with unworkable amendments. The Opposition obviously is not serious about reducing drunken violence,” Mr Smith said.
Minister Gallacher said police, armed with greater powers and more resources, would be out on the streets rigorously enforcing the new fines.
“We have more than 16,000 officers across the state who will be out in force to hand out Criminal Infringement Notices and make sure anyone who breaks the law has a very expensive night to remember their actions.

Source: Media release, 30 March 2014.

What are the new fines?

According to the Attorney-General Greg Smith:

'the message to drunken thugs is clear: violent, offensive and anti-social behaviour simply won’t be tolerated. Anyone ignoring that message should prepare to learn a very expensive lesson, this is the latest step in our measures targeting intoxicated street behaviour. Lockouts have started, the mandatory minimum sentences for fatal one punch attacks have come into effect, and now unacceptable behaviour will face much higher fines.'

According to the Minister for Police Mr Gallacher, police armed with greater powers and more resources, would be out on the streets rigorously enforcing the new fines:

'We have more than 16,000 officers across the state who will be out in force to hand out Criminal Infringement Notices and make sure anyone who breaks the law has a very expensive night to remember their actions.'

The legislation introducing these fines

The Crimes and other Legislation Amendment (Assault and Intoxication) Bill 2014 (Schedule 5.2) amends the Criminal Procedure Regulation 2010. The amendments are to penalty notices which are in Schedule 3 of the Regulation.