Drunk and abusive patrons who refuse to leave a venue in
Sydney over the coming long weekend will be hit with a $550
Drunken louts could be slapped with a $550 fine if they
cause trouble in the Sydney CBD this long weekend.
More than a million people are expected to flood into the
city for the International Fleet Review, NRL Grand Final and
Fireworks Spectacular display.
But the celebrations aren't an excuse for bad behaviour,
Australian Hotels Association NSW chief executive Paul
Drunk and abusive patrons who refuse to leave a venue will be
hit with a $550 on-the-spot fine.
Arguing with police or hotel staff won't get you anywhere,
City Police Superintendent Mark Walton warns.
"After 10 schooners, so many (people) decide to self-promote
themselves and argue at the bar table," he said today.
"But the fact is, they're boof-headed bush lawyers who need
"If you refuse, you'll be fined."
Extra security and police will be out in force in a bid to
curb violence, in particular in the George Street and Kings
Hotel staff at about 50 venues will distribute leaflets to
make sure revellers know about the fines.
An electronic billboard mounted on a truck will also circle
the CBD on Friday and Saturday nights.
Foreign sailors visiting for the International Fleet Review
have also been briefed on the law, Supt Walton said.
The `Stop! Is it worth $550?' campaign is a joint initiative
of AHA NSW and NSW Police.