Tens of thousands of Queenslanders have had a safe weekend out after ID scanners were officially launched at licensed venues across the State on Saturday night.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said 89,600 IDs were scanned in Safe Night Precincts on Saturday.
Seven people on banning orders for violence or drug trafficking were flagged trying to enter clubs.
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“It is early days but these are very satisfying figures to hear after just one night of ID scanners officially operating in 180 venues in 15 Safe Night Precincts across Queensland.
“If this system only prevented one family from dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy this morning, it is already worth it.”
Brisbane Region Acting Assistant Commissioner Brent Carter said State Liquor Coordinators across Queensland had performed compliance operations in Safe Night Precincts with their co-regulators at OLGR.
“Districts have used local intelligence-led policing to assist with the start of inter-linked ID scanners being used this weekend.
“Our priority has been to ensure the safety of the general community as they enjoy a night out around the state,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Carter said.
It is now law for patrons to have their ID scanned at premises in Safe Night Precincts for entry after 10pm.
“ID scanners are part of the Palaszczuk Government’s strategy to tackle alcohol-fuelled violence and are designed to ban patrons who have a history of violence, or drug trafficking convictions, from our venues to ensure people can have a fun and safe night out,” Mrs D’Ath said.