Police blitz on alcohol-fuelled violence

THE weekend pre-Christmas police blitz on alcohol-related violence in the Cooma area has yielded "pleasing" results with people being fairly well behaved.

There were only a minority of people misbehaving while drunk, according to Police Commander of the Monaro Local Area, Superintendent Smith.

"There were 295 random breath tests conducted in the Cooma area over the weekend and 15 licensed premises were inspected in Cooma and 13 in Jindabyne," he said.

"There was one arrest."

Superintendent Smith said on Sunday morning a 39-year-old Cooma man failed to leave licensed premises after being requested by security to leave the hotel.

"He was charged with excluded person fail to quit."

There were two other incidents with people who were drunk and disorderly outside licensed premises on Friday and Saturday.

They were issued with move on directions by police, which they complied with.

The annual 'Operation Unite' initiative was conducted on Friday and Saturday nights last weekend across Australia with hundreds of extra officers targeting drunken troublemakers.

Operation Unite Commander, Gary Worboys, praised the good behaviour of the wider community but expressed concern about the high number of 'fail to quit' and 'common assault' offences in and around licensed premises.

"One of the biggest problems we've noticed during the operation this year is the refusal by many people to leave pubs and clubs when asked by security," Assistant Commissioner Worboys said.

Across NSW police conducted 40,373 random breath tests and 268 people were booked for drink-driving.

Sixteen people were charged with driving while disqualified.

In total, 540 people were arrested in NSW during this year's blitz and 1,062 charges were laid, slightly higher than last year when there were 548 arrests and 966 charges during the same crackdown in 2012.

Superintendent Smith said he wanted to remind the public that while the Australasia-wide operation ended on Sunday, there are numerous NSW Police operations continuing right through the summer period.

Domestic Violence is also an issue that has the potential to escalate around Christmas. With many separated families, it is common for domestic situations to arise when dealing with custody of children. Excessive alcohol consumption also has a huge influence over domestic violence and neighbourhood disputes.

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