Thursday, September 08, 2005

Police to target underage drinking

Royal Gibraltar Police has urged the public to help curb underage drinking during National Day celebrations.

The police said youngsters have often used National Day as an excuse to get drunk and cause a nuisance.

This week, officers visited shops and bars to remind staff that it is illegal to sell alcohol to youngsters under the age of 16.

The RGP also called on parents to keep a close eye on their children and advise them of the dangers and consequences of excessive drinking.

The RGP statement added:

“When young persons who may otherwise not be accustomed to consuming alcohol go on a binge drinking session, the consequences are more often than not undesirable,” the RGP said in a statement.

“National Day is an event for the whole community to enjoy [and] it would be unfair that the enjoyment of sensible and law-abiding persons is jeopardised by the irresponsible behaviour of some.

Police officers will stop young persons who are drinking alcoholic drinks in the street and deal with them accordingly,”

That will include a police warning and a phone call to parents.

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