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.
Source: Media release, 30 March 2014.
What are the new fines?
- Offensive language - $500 (old fine was $150) - section 4A of the Summary Offences Act 1988 (NSW)
- Offensive conduct - $500 (old fine was $200) - section 4 of the Summary Offences Act 1988 (NSW)
- Continuation of intoxicated and disorderly behaviour following move on direction - $1100 (old fine was $200) - section 9 of the Summary Offences Act 1988 (NSW)
- Obstructing traffic (section 6) and unauthorised entry of a boat or vehicle (section 6A) of the Summary Offences Act 1988 (NSW).
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.