Craig Mylrea the Managing Director of the Empire Hotel in Mary Street said Anna Blighs proposed change to the legal blood alcohol limit would be another nail in the coffin of local hoteliers.
Craig Mylrea the Managing Director of the Empire Hotel in Mary Street said Anna Blighs proposed change to the legal blood alcohol limit would be another nail in the coffin of local hoteliers. Craig Warhurst

.02 limit a blow for Gympie pubs

A PROPOSAL by the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh to drop the legal blood alcohol content of drivers to 0.02 will be another nail in the coffin of Gympie Hotels, according to Craig Mylrea.

Mr Mylrea is the Managing Director of the Empire Hotel on Mary Street and he thinks the move – if adopted – would affect the bottom line of most publicans’ business.

He said at the moment customers can come into a bar have a light beer or two with dinner or after work and feel comfortable they are not over the limit when driving home.

“If they drop the limit to 0.02 people will be worried about having one drink,” Mr Mylrea said.

“If people are worried about having a glass of wine while out to dinner they might not bother to come out at all.

“That might just grab a Chinese take away and go home.

“If they are going to drop the limit to 0.02, it might as well be zero,” he said.

He said as always, it was the actions of less than one per cent of the population who play up that cause the issues and policy changes for the 99 per cent of the population who do the right thing.

“Anna Bligh is trying her hardest to kill our industry,” he said.

“Politicians are slaves to ideas that make it look like they are doing something.

“It’s a big revenue raiser – people blowing 0.03 and 0.04, how much money will that make the government?

“I don’t agree with it.” Mr Mylrea said positive actions like that of the local police with the new Liquor Accord had solved a lot of problems in Mary Street.

“They have done a good job and cut down the amount of issues we had.”

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