10:00AM, Thursday 19 March 2015
Revellers could be refused entry to venues across the Royal Borough after Thames Valley Police announced plans to give breathalysers to door staff to help crack down on excessive pre-drinking.
The move follows a rise of ‘pre-loading’ within the Royal Borough which has seen party-goers drinking heavily before going out to cut down on costs.
Superintendent Kate Ford, local police commander for Windsor and Maidenhead, said: “We are seeing a lot more extreme intoxication in the night-time economy and we put that down to the fact that people are ‘pre-loading’ before they come out because it’s cheaper.
“We want people to come and enjoy our night-time economy, have a great time, have a great night out but we want them to go home safely at the end of it.
“The more drunk somebody is the greater chance they have of becoming a victim.”
Thames Valley Police is spending £4,800 on the new breathalyser scheme and plans to provide 20 breathalysers to selected venues across the Royal Borough to help combat anti-social behaviour in the night-time economy.
Party-goers will be able to choose if they wish to take the breathalysers and the machines will only provide an indicator of whether customers have had too much to drink.
But Supt Ford said the breathalysers could give bouncers another reason to refuse entry to a venue.
“It’s just another option that premises will have so if someone is behaving in a way that is raising concerns they can ask them to participate in a voluntary breathalyser.
“If the person says no the door staff will make a judgement on the rest of their behaviour.”
Trialling of the breathalysers has already begun in Windsor and Maidenhead following the success of similar schemes in other areas of the country, including Liverpool and Northampton.
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