Todd Lambert and Mark Monaghan from the Reef Hotel show off their new ID scanner to patrons Tom Norton and Monica Shaw. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
Todd Lambert and Mark Monaghan from the Reef Hotel show off their new ID scanner to patrons Tom Norton and Monica Shaw. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards

Hotel gets on front foot with ID scanner

ALL Queensland late-night venues will be required to use networked ID scanners from July 1 next year.

Gladstone's Reef Hotel is getting in early.

Police Sergeant Caroline Hogan said the scanners were part of an initiative by the State Government to combat alcohol and drug-related violence in and outside venues.

"Customers will have their identification scanned and checked against a national police database," she said.

People with court bans from licensed venues or with criminal offences could be prevented from entering venues.

New offenders who act in a disorderly, violent or threatening manner can be banned by police and added to the database without criminal charges.

Designed to share information, the ID system will be enforced across the country.



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