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Why you might get a lollypop next time you're partying

Lollypops will be handed out at licences venues in the early hours of the morning to help curb alcohol fuelled violence.
Lollypops will be handed out at licences venues in the early hours of the morning to help curb alcohol fuelled violence. Maryborough Police

LOLLYPOPS will be handed out at licences venues in the early hours of the morning to help curb alcohol fuelled violence.

Why lollipops you ask?

It's designed to offer each patron a sweet treat to enjoy while they're either lining up for a taxi or heading home in a bid to make them more reluctant to say something they will regret.

Unfortunately, alcohol fuelled violence and assaults can occur through a simple accidental push or perhaps inappropriate words said to another person.

Just maybe, enjoying a lollipop could mean the difference between someone saying something they regret - which could ultimately lead to causing an assault.

Maryborough police and Volunteers in Policing attended the Maryborough RSL on Wednesday night to launch and promote their Cop it Sweet campaign.

Police were given the opportunity to have one round of ten questions designated to drink/drug driving and traffic offences.

A question was asked if the same fines apply for driving through an amber light, as it does a red light, and lets just say there were plenty of discussions.

As well as speaking with community members, Maryborough Patrol Group Crime Prevention Coordinator Senior Constable Melanie Ryan said police offered volunteers the chance to be breathalysed to see what their BAC readings may be.

One common questions was how can readings differ so much between people.

"It's important to know that there are so many variables that can play on your BAC readings, with food and time being two major contributing factors,” Sen Const Ryan said.

A number of years ago the Cop it Sweet campaign was implemented in Surfers Paradise with success, which is why the Maryborough Police Patrol Group wanted to give this a go.

So next time you are leaving a licensed premise and you see a local police officer there, don't be afraid to come up and say hi and ask for a lollipop - so you can Cop it Sweet.

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