Breathalyser Pilot launched to tackle binge drinking
Published 23 December
The Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan Substance Misuse Area Planning Board and The Safer Vale Partnership have worked in collaboration to launch a new breathalyser pilot across venues in Barry and across the Vale of Glamorgan.
The pilot will see breathalysers handed to 12 venues across the Vale with the roll out beginning early December in time for the Christmas season. Pub and club goers may be asked to blow in a breathalyser to ensure that they are not too intoxicated to enter the premise.
South Wales Police licensing teams have been working closely with pub and club managers, staff and door staff to support the implementation of the scheme that will endeavour to raise awareness on pre-loading and binge
drinking. The pilot will run as a scheme that is routinely evaluated and monitored to ensure its success and appropriateness in the night time economy.
A similar trial has been considered a success in Norwich and across a number of other towns and cities across the UK where areas have seen a reduction in alcohol fuelled violent crime as a result of the breathalyser pilots. The breathalysers have been funded through the Welsh Government Substance Misuse Action Fund and have been welcomed by police, local authority and the trade.
Conrad Eydmann, Head of Partnership Commissioning for the health board said that “we are hoping this equipment will support the work of door staff – especially in circumstances where they need to show that decisions to prevent entry into premises are objective. This will reinforce the message that it is illegal to serve alcohol to anyone intoxicated”
Benni Nicholson-Lepine, Substance Misuse Coordinator for the Safer Vale Partnership and Area Planning Board said “An overwhelming amount of research has demonstrated the damaging effects of alcohol and binge drinking. Recent health assessments show that, across Cardiff and the Vale, too many individuals are drinking at dangerous levels and we are aware of the increase in the number of individuals ‘preloading’ and being significantly intoxicated prior to going out for the evening.”
PC Dave Barrett, police licensing officer, who has been initiating the scheme in Barry, has said that: this scheme is a further endorsement on the strong partnership approach developed between the licensed trade and partner agencies towards policing the night-time economy of Barry. This relationship has been established to promote “Safer vale”, as a safe and enjoyable experience this Christmas.