New police powers to curb teen drinking» 27/06/2008, Posted by Site Admin
The Press | Wednesday, 25 June 2008
Police will be given new powers under changes unveiled by the Government to crack down on teen drunkenness and adults who supply minors with alcohol. Christchurch MP and Associate Justice Minister Lianne Dalziel said yesterday she was drafting a bill that would make the supply of liquor to minors illegal. Currently, it is only illegal to sell alcohol to those under the age of 18. Under Dalziel's proposed legislation, only parents, guardians, or those authorised by them, will be able to offer alcohol to minors. The legislation being drafted, tentatively entitled the Sale and Supply of Liquor and Liquor Enforcement Bill, will also:
Give police new powers to caution young people for drunkenness. Cut the alcohol limit to zero for drivers under the age of 20 who do not hold a full licence. Ban from holding a manager's certificate for five years anyone prosecuted more than three times for selling alcohol to minors. Allow councils to set tougher standards for licensed premises, including opening hours and proximity to schools.
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