Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Changes to alcohol laws have immediate effect

Changes to alcohol laws have immediate effect

Police Minister Anne Tolley says that Police reported significantly fewer serious assaults and public disorder offences after changes to alcohol laws came into full effect at the end of last year.

Maximum trading hours, new infringement offences and new enforcement powers for Police were introduced on 18 December 2013, following the full implementation of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

In the ten weeks following the Act coming into force (19 December 2013 to 26 February 2014) Police say there were 1258 fewer serious assaults causing injury, public place violence and disorder offences between 8pm and 8am than for the same period in the previous year, a drop of 22 per cent.

In Central Wellington there was a 31 per cent fall in these offences and in Central Auckland an 11 per cent drop.

There was a 24 per cent fall in alcohol-related offences between 4 am and 6 am during the ten-week timeframe, with 91 fewer crimes compared to the previous year.

“These statistics are extremely heartening and it’s possible that lives have been saved by the law changes,” says Mrs Tolley.

“Police say that the biggest impact on reducing crime, assaults and alcohol-related harm has come from the maximum trading hours, which reduce the availability of alcohol, especially at times when people who have already had a lot to drink might buy more.

“This means our towns and city centres are safer, and that New Zealanders are more likely to be able to enjoy a night out without the risk of being caught up in disorder.

“It also means our young people are safer in the early hours of the morning when alcohol-fuelled violence can cause terrible harm.

“Crime prevention strategies had already seen these offences falling. The changes to the Act have contributed to further significant success and combined with a 20.2 per cent drop in overall crime in the past four years it shows our streets and communities are safer.”
Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Mt Eden Prison: Serco Inquiry Extended

A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More>>

ALSO:

Health And Safety: Late Addition Of National Security Provisions A Concern

The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its significant concerns at the last-minute addition to the Health and Safety Reform Bill of provisions for a closed material procedure for court proceedings where national security is involved. More>>

ALSO:

Rugby And Beer: World Cup Alcohol Bill Passes

ACT MP David Seymour’s Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill completed its third reading by 99 to 21... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Flag Campaign

So far, the public has treated the government’s flag campaign with something between disinterest and disdain. Most New Zealanders have instinctively seen through the marketing hype involved. More>>

Change For 2017: Local Govt To Decide On Easter Sunday Trading

The Government is to enable local communities, through councils, to decide whether retailers can open on Easter Sunday, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse announced. More>>

ALSO:

(And Targets Worse Than Australia's): Foresters Abandoning Emissions Trading Scheme

The Government’s gutting of the Emissions Trading Scheme has caused foresters to leave and emissions to rise, says Labour’s Climate Change spokesperson Megan Woods. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news