Parents in the firing line

TWEED parents buying alcohol for celebrating school leavers "are in the sights" of the NSW government and face up to a year in jail.

Thousands of schoolies are set to flock to hot spots along the NSW coast, including Kingscliff, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.

Tourism Minister George Souris said nobody wants to see the celebrations ruined by alcohol-related incidents especially those resulting in injuries.

Mr Souris reminded partygoers it was against the law to be drunk on licensed premises and that revellers face on-the-spot fines of $550 if they refuse to leave when asked to by staff.

"Drinking to excess only increases the risk of getting into trouble or, worse, getting hurt," he said.

Minors have also been warned about trying to get into pubs and clubs, or buying alcohol from bottle shops, with police staging operations in and around licensed venues.

"If you're underage and caught unlawfully inside licensed venues or buying alcohol from a licensed venue you can cop a fine of up to $2200," Mr Souris said.

"Any adult supplying alcohol to a minor should also be on notice that you are in our sights.

"Supplying alcohol to a minor is a serious crime and can lead to fines of up to $11,000 and 12 months imprisonment."



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