Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Booze Bus Operation: They're just not learning

NZ Police CommCens Alert 05:00 16-12-2007 Canterbury

Location of incident: Christchurch

Incident Type: Booze Bus Operation

Operation SCID

'They're just not learning!!'

171 Canterbury people will be appearing in court over the next month charged with drink driving offences.

Staff from Invercargill and Nelson assisted Canterbury Road Policing staff in operating four Booze Buses in and around Christchurch over the past three nights. It was a repeat of the same operation last year which saw 140 drunk drivers prosecuted from 25,000 drivers tested.

Canterbury Road Policing Manager, Inspector Derek Erasmus, said 'as with last year the aim was to remove as many drunk drivers as possible from the roads prior to the holiday session.'

'Officers said they just couldn't believe the number of drunk drivers there were on the roads!'

A series of checkpoints was operated including on the Northern Motorway, the Ring Road and Central City one way streets. 20,465 drivers were stopped and breath tested. As well as the drunk drivers, a stolen car with four occupants and a suspect for an aggravated assault were stopped.

Inspector Erasmus said 'it should be an increasing concern to the public that there are still this many people on our roads causing this high level of danger to other road users. They don't just kill and injure themselves, they also kill and injure the same number of innocent victims.'

'The best way Police can help to reduce the high number of people being caught is to increase the amount of breath testing carried out, and to push for a lowering of the blood alcohol limit. Based on international evidence, reducing our limit from .8 to .5 would significantly reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads saving up to 9 lives a year on Canterbury roads.'

The positives to come out of the operation were the large amount of support from public stopped at checkpoints, and the number of reports phoned into Police of suspected drunk drivers, including one public spirited driver who followed a car from Riccarton to rural Selwyn, then waited outside the address until Police from the city arrived. The suspected drunk driver was identified in his home and is being prosecuted.

The operation will continue over the coming week but with a different focus. However Inspector Erasmus said 'Police just don't do operations prior to Christmas, we do Booze Bus enforcement every week of the year. The public can expect to see us around a street corner near them sometime soon!'

Inspector Erasmus can be contacted from 0800 on Monday on 363 7417, or on Sunday through the Christchurch Central Operator on 363 7400 (after midday!!!)


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>


MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>


Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>


Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>





Featured InfoPages