Nuisance tickets to start soon

QUEENSLAND Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson has announced statewide public nuisance ticketing would become operational from Monday and said the ultimate aim was to improve public safety.

State Parliament passed the Police Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 that allows police to issue tickets for public nuisance offences.

The legislative amendments were proposed at the end of a 12-month trial in the Townsville and South Brisbane police districts in 2009. The subsequent evaluation by Griffith University indicated a positive result.

Police will have the capacity to issue fines for public nuisance offences such as urinating in public, disorderly behaviour and other offences.

Commissioner Atkinson said infringement notices would not replace police officers arresting and charging people with public nuisance offences.

“I would like to make it clear that police officers can still arrest and charge a person for a public nuisance offence with the matter being finalised in court,” Commissioner Atkinson said.

“The issuing of an infringement notice is an additional option for police officers when they are dealing with good order offences.”

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