Public intoxication

The drink takes its toll?

Moments after the Clown of Campbells Bay, Andrew Williams, is kicked into touch, Winston starts to bang on about binge drinking.

Mere coincidence or a telling sign?

Being drunk in a public place will be an offence if NZ First has its way after the election.

Party leader Winston Peters also wants more police on the beat.

He says the government hasn’t increased the police budget in six years despite population increases.

“They went further in the last budget and actually took $40 million from the police budget,” he told a public meeting on Wednesday.

“That’s why they go to extraordinary lengths to convince you crime is dropping.”? Read more »

A good idea for dealing with drunk ratbags, perhaps Len will adopt it

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The Poms have come up with a good idea for dealing with drunk ratbags…private drunk tanks.

Drunks causing a nuisance in towns and cities will be held overnight in privately run ?drunk tanks? and charged up to ?400 under police leaders? proposals.

Drinkers who get so intoxicated they cannot look after themselves would be cared for in holding cells until they sober up and charged for the pleasure, as well as being fined for being drunk and disorderly.

Police believe a commercially run initiative would act as an extra deterrent to excessive drinking as well as free up officers from having to deal with late-night drunkenness.? Read more »