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Slater and Gordon’s criminal lawyer Ersel Akpinar has today called on hotels and pubs to do more to get their patrons off the streets and home safely.
He believes that alcohol related crime would be minimised if people in Sydney’s CBD had more options to get home.
“We know a drinking culture exists in Australia and these proprietors are reaping the financial benefits,” Mr Akpinar said.
“Sure proprietors have made moves to ensure responsible service of alcohol and increased security measures, but what about a greater focus once their patrons are leaving?
“They should be looking at safe options to assist patrons with transport home, rather than turning a blind eye once patrons leave the venue.
“One option could be the introduction of shuttle buses with security.
“Shuttle buses already exist in suburban areas to make sure patrons who have had a safe and enjoyable evening get home safely – why can’t that happen elsewhere?
“A big part of the problem is that we need to get intoxicated people off the streets in the CBD.
“Where there are limited public transport options and taxi shortages, then there is an opportunity for proprietors to identify ways to get their patrons home safely.
“This obviously wouldn’t be for every person who visits the venue, but it would provide another option for those people needing to get home.
“There is no doubt that personal responsibility has a role to play, as does public education, as well as increased public transport and taxis, but those benefiting the most should do more.”