Drinking on trains adds $400 to fare

Booze ban: Miranda police Constable Karl Davies and Senior Constable Brad Yusuf are keen to stop people drinking alcohol on trains. Picture: Anna WarrTHOSE who chose to sip champagne and down longnecks on trains and at stations in Sutherland Shire were hit with $400 fines during a recent police operation.
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Miranda police commuter crime unit issued 35 fines last weekend for those drinking, smoking or acting offensively on trains and at stations.

Acting Sergeant Andrew Dante said police encouraged people to use public transport rather than drink-drive but would not tolerate people drinking on trains.

“Police will not tolerate bad behaviour and will remove anyone who wishes to cause discomfort to other commuters,” he said.

It is an offence to possess opened alcohol or to consume alcohol on railway land.

Sergeant Dante said there were no property or assault related charges laid during the operation.

A state-wide operation with police, Railcorp and the State Transit Authority targeting antisocial behaviour on trains at the weekend resulted in 37 arrests and about 200 fines.

NSW Police Inspector Robert Danks said more operations were planned for the future.

“Everyone who uses public transport has a right to travel safely and without fear of becoming a victim of crime,” he said.

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