By Triana O'Keefe, editor Australian Hotelier
According to a report that surfaced over the weekend, the Queensland State Government was allegedly considering allowing police to breathalyse patrons inside venues.
Attorney General Yvette D’Arth was quoted saying: “Allowing police to breathalyse drunken patrons will help them build cases for prosecution for court”.
D’Ath said the definition of “high alcohol content” was yet to be determined but, currently, police consider a blood alcohol reading of 0.15 to be highly intoxicated.
However, D’Ath has since clarified her statement and ruled out any random breath tests for nightclub patrons.
“There is no plan to random breath test drinkers and there never has been,” she said in a statement on Friday.
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