Proof of age
The police or an employee of a licensed or regulated premises who reasonably suspects that someone may be under 18 years can ask for proof of age [Liquor Licensing Act 1997 (SA) s 115]. This includes restaurants, cafes, shops, amusement parlours or arcades, or similar places of public entertainment.
Removal from premises if under 18
The police or an employee may use reasonable force to evict a person under 18 years, or who is suspected of being under 18 years, who possesses alcohol or is on the premises to consume alcohol [Liquor Licensing Act 1997 (SA) s 116]. A minor who re-enters the premises within 24 hours of being evicted, or fails to truthfully answer questions faces a maximum fine of $2 500.
Removal for disorderly behaviour
The police can also order anyone behaving in a disorderly or offensive manner to leave a place of public entertainment. A person who fails to leave or re- enters within 24 hours may be fined up to $2 500 or imprisoned for up to six months [Summary Offences Act 1953 (SA) s 73].
A person with a liquor licence may call the police to arrest anyone who is drunk, behaving in a riotous, indecent, threatening, abusive or insulting manner, or who is fighting [Summary Offences Act 1953 (SA) s 74].
Search for weapons
The police have the power to search anyone in, or attempting to enter or leave licensed premises or the car parking area for the premises for weapons by metal detector. See Powers to search for weapons.
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