Coro booze ban nets $45k in fines

Last updated 05:00 02/01/2014

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Booze burned a $45,000 hole in revellers' pockets, sparked countless domestic violence incidents and caused serious injuries to punters who over indulged at the turn of the New Year.

There were also about 130 arrests in the Thames-Coromandel district, well down on past years, mostly for breaches of the liquor ban and minor alcohol-related disorder.

Police dished out about 180 instant fines at $250 a pop to revellers who breached Thames-Coromandel liquor bans.

The instant fines were introduced under new alcohol laws in December.

Domestic violence incidents have been flooding in since Christmas Day.

Waikato police attended 174 domestic violence related incidents in the week leading up to New Year's Day - 93 in Hamilton and 81 in smaller towns and rural locations.

The workload showed domestic violence doesn't discriminate, district prevention manager, Inspector Rob Lindsay, said.

"You can be rich or poor and it makes no difference because when the pressure builds up people from all walks of life can become victims.



Waikato Hospital's Emergency Department dealt with the trauma that comes from overindulging in alcohol.

Between 11pm and 6.30am on New Year's Eve and Day, they treated 12 people due to alcohol related assaults and three alcohol related injuries.

The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter helped two of them.

The crew flew to Kawhia at 3am on New Year's Day to help a 39-year-old Te Kuiti man. He reportedly fell down stairs at the Kawhia boat club and suffered a head injury.

At 5am, the chopper flew to Raglan where a 41-year-old New Plymouth woman reportedly fell over a brazier. She suffered serious burns to her lower leg. Pilot Dan Harcourt said "very patient" St John staff treated both patients before they were flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment.

Both appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, Mr Harcourt said.

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- Waikato Times


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