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44 drunken yoof collared at Australia Day Live

By johnboy - 26 January 2012 9

ACT Policing has praised the behaviour of the crowd at the Australia Day Live Concert last night (Wednesday, January 25).

Police patrolled the surrounding areas of Parliament House from midday yesterday as part of the operational strategy to locate and deter youths attending the concert intoxicated.

Superintendent Kylie Flower said overall the crowd was well behaved with no anti-social or violent behaviour observed.

“We did take 44 young persons into protective custody for being either intoxicated or possessing alcohol. All were taken to the City Police Station where their parents/guardians were called to come and collect them,” said Superintendent Flower.

Seven of the 44 were located outside the venue intoxicated, on their way to the concert.

One move on direction was given and one person received a Criminal Infringement Notice for urinating in public. An assault was reported to police and is now under investigation.

Police conducted random roadside breath tests with nil returning a positive reading. Thirty four Traffic Infringement Notices (TINs) were issued for a variety of offences and four Parking Infringement Notices were issued.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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44 drunken yoof collared at Australia Day Live
Timberwolf65 11:25 pm 04 Feb 12

Okwhatever said :

Get off your soap boxes and high horses FFS. This is nothing new so don’t pretend like you are shocked and worried about the future in the hands of drunken fools. It is wrong of course but lets keep it in perspective, they are just kids making their mistakes as we all did. Well I know I made some mistakes but to hear some of you talk you must have been born with a halo.

Awesome comment, couldn’t of said it better myself:)

Okwhatever 8:51 am 27 Jan 12

Get off your soap boxes and high horses FFS. This is nothing new so don’t pretend like you are shocked and worried about the future in the hands of drunken fools. It is wrong of course but lets keep it in perspective, they are just kids making their mistakes as we all did. Well I know I made some mistakes but to hear some of you talk you must have been born with a halo.

steveu 3:37 am 27 Jan 12

buzz819 said :

Why is that?

Because until a young person turns 18 their parents are legally responsible for their welfare.

Regardless of the freedoms they are afforded when they turns 16 (assuming here that the 44 were all aged 16-17)

buzz819 said :

Teachers are teaching them that the Police can’t talk to them, parents can’t hit them, etc. What chances do the parents have of really controlling them?

Fully agree…but as a parent of a teenager (and soon to be teenagers) myself we keep on drumming the counter argument into them.

At the end of the day, if the ‘rights’ that our teachers are drumming into kids nowadays are so important, why not make them legally adults at 16 then? May save parents a trip to the cops.

Alderney 9:55 pm 26 Jan 12

Police press release: police to target under age drinking at Australia day gig.

Local yoof: I’m gonna get plastered and go to that gig by the lake.

Any wonder we lament for the future?

Thumper 8:38 pm 26 Jan 12

Couple of kids getting pissed.

Nothing to see here. Move along…

buzz819 8:28 pm 26 Jan 12

steveu said :

You would think that DOCS would be taking note of every single one of these cases too. Maybe a wake up call to the parents. Not that I would expect DOCS to do anythign, but the theory is sound…

Why is that?

I think you will find that 98% of the kids caught, their parents thought that Tommy was staying at Billy’s house, and Billy’s parents thought he was staying at Tommy’s house, they’ve been doing it for months, why would they think any different?

A kid of 16 years of age is legally allowed to leave home, they can smoke cigarettes and have a choice of whether they want to go to school. It is also the legal age of consent for sex. Teachers are teaching them that the Police can’t talk to them, parents can’t hit them, etc. What chances do the parents have of really controlling them?

When I was 16 I made a point of telling my parents where I was, if they didn’t like it, I simply lied about where I was, it wasn’t their fault I lied.

steveu 8:09 pm 26 Jan 12

You would think that DOCS would be taking note of every single one of these cases too. Maybe a wake up call to the parents. Not that I would expect DOCS to do anythign, but the theory is sound…

Jethro 1:51 pm 26 Jan 12

LSWCHP said :

Alcohol consumption in moderation is a pleasant and life enhancing experience, and I enjoy it enormously. For example, I’m going to have a couple of beers with some old mates at a pub on Sunday arvo, and I’m really looking forward to it.

But becoming intoxicated is stupid – the word itself is derived from “toxic”, and it means you’ve poisoned yourself. Treating intoxication as an end in itself is even more dimwitted, and that’s what these youngsters appear to have done by getting pre-loaded prior to heading to the gig.

I wonder how many of the parents were ashamed as they picked up their kids from the lockup, and how many didn’t give a damn.

And how many were unable to make their way into the cop-shop because they were written off themselves.

LSWCHP 11:56 am 26 Jan 12

Alcohol consumption in moderation is a pleasant and life enhancing experience, and I enjoy it enormously. For example, I’m going to have a couple of beers with some old mates at a pub on Sunday arvo, and I’m really looking forward to it.

But becoming intoxicated is stupid – the word itself is derived from “toxic”, and it means you’ve poisoned yourself. Treating intoxication as an end in itself is even more dimwitted, and that’s what these youngsters appear to have done by getting pre-loaded prior to heading to the gig.

I wonder how many of the parents were ashamed as they picked up their kids from the lockup, and how many didn’t give a damn.

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