Teenagers caught at 15 for drinking alcohol
KIDS as young as 15 years of age have been fined for public drinking offences, Gladstone Police said yesterday. Gladstone Police acting Senior Sergeant Mike Dixon said the level of underage drinking in Gladstone over the past year was unacceptable.
He said about 100 children were fined for drinking in a public place over the past 12 months while some even younger kids had been cautioned.
But he said that number didn't in anyway reflect the actual incidence of underage drinking or how young they were.
Police were critical of parents and other adults who provide under 18s with alcohol for parties as the children often end up in public places. Males made up over 60 per cent of these offenders and the ages ranged from 17 down to 15 years.
Acting Snr Sgt Dixon said underage drinking often led to violence and fighting between teenagers.
He said drinking also led to teenagers being arrested for other offences.
'I would urge all parents and other adults who purchase or supply liquor to minors (U18) to be aware that that person may become a victim of crime, an accident or commit offences because of their state of intoxication,' Acting Snr Sgt Dixon said.
'It's important to note that a lot of older people associate with these young kids and some may be inclined to prey on intoxicated juveniles.
"Many parents don't monitor their kids and they can then have experiences that can affect them for the rest of their lives like accidents, pregnancies or a criminal history which may affect future employment.