Too much too drink? You can’t come in …

• Pictured left to right - Melissa Downes from the Borough Council, Jaime Smith from the Post House in Stafford, Cabinet Member for Community, Cllr Jeremy Pert, and Inspector Bob Champeao, testing one of the new breathalysers outside The Post House.
• Pictured left to right – Melissa Downes from the Borough Council, Jaime Smith from the Post House in Stafford, Cabinet Member for Community, Cllr Jeremy Pert, and Inspector Bob Champeao, testing one of the new breathalysers outside The Post House.

Breathalysers are being given to door staff to help prevent drunk and disorderly behaviour in Stafford Borough.

The breathalysers will help staff in the borough identify those who are too drunk to enter their premises.             The scheme is to discourage pub and club goers drinking too much before they go out and reduce the risk of fights, crime and disorder on nights out.

Door staff will be able to use the breathalysers if they suspect somebody has drank too much earlier in the night, refuse entry if necessary and alert other premises in the area.
Reducing drink and drug misuse is one of the main priorities of the Community Safety Partnership which includes Stafford Borough Council and the local police.
Similar schemes have been rolled out nationwide with venues in other areas reporting over a 66% reduction in drunk and disorderly arrests as well as over a 30% drop in violent crime arrests.
The project will be coordinated through the local Pubwatch scheme.

ED. I’m impressed with the 66% figure – very impressed. Cynical old me thinks that the phrase “blind drunk” describes not an actual infirmity, but the inability of someone who is seriously mullered taking someone else’s word for it that they have had enough to drink. Doormen already risk life and limb every Friday and Saturday … I appreciate that giving them the proof is paramount, but I can’t help but feel there will always be the exception that proves the rule.