Breathalyse on Entry
#2drunk2 is a ‘breathalyse on entry’ scheme that was introduced across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead on 26 June 2015.
There is recognised link between intoxication and violence. People who are intoxicated not only put themselves at risk but their intoxication can be a factor in them committing offences including: antisocial behaviour, drunk and disorderly, offences against public order, criminal damage and assault.
Venues have a responsibility to contribute to public safety, prevent crime and disorder and prevent public nuisance. They also have a responsibility under the Licensing Act not to serve drunk people. The breathalyser is a tool to assess a person’s level of intoxication other than an individual’s (normally door staff) subjective opinion.
Breathalyser devices have been provided to venues in Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot which are active in the Night Time Economy. The venues are those which have late night drinking, and attract clientele for the later part of the evenings.
Similar schemes have been introduced in other forces and have had a positive impact on levels of offending in the towns. These schemes have also shown that there is a level of intoxication where professionals agree a person was clearly ‘too intoxicated to’ enter the premises or be served an alcoholic drink. This limit of 70 (microgram’s of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath) is the advisory limit that Thames Valley Police have passed to participating venues. However, each venue may set their own tolerance level.
The partners in this scheme – Thames Valley Police (Windsor and Maidenhead Local Police Area), The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, RBWM Drug & Alcohol Action Team and the Licensed Premises (participating in Pub Watch (opens new window)) – all support responsible drinking. There is a culture in the UK of pre-loading (drinking before you go out) and of binge drinking, which is harmful to your health. For more information on responsible drinking visit www.drinkaware.co.uk (opens new window)
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