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


Summer Road Policing Northland

Summer Road Policing Northland

With the summer party season in full swing, Northland Police will be breath testing every motorist they stop in a bid to stop drink driving.

Northland Road Policing Manager Inspector Murray Hodson says crashes involving drink driving remain a serious issue and play a major part in the road toll.

Mr Hodson says Police will be conducting high profile intensive alcohol checkpoints over the summer period in an attempt to deter all drink drivers.
The official holiday period runs from 4pm on Monday December 24 to 6am on Thursday January 3.

This holiday season Police will be lowering the speed tolerance level to 4km/h over the posted speed limit through until 7am on Monday January 7.

Mr Hodson says family and friends play an important role in stopping drunk drivers getting behind the wheel.

"Northland is one of the most rural districts in the country and in some areas rural residents continue to drive after drinking alcohol.
It’s not good enough. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Stay the night with family or friends or arrange a sober driver."

Mr Hodson says police will be patrolling rural roads, as well as main arterial routes, and will also be relying on the community to report any instances of drink driving.

He points out that at 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood (adult legal limit), an adult driver is about 16 times likely to die in a crash as the same driver with a zero blood alcohol level. The risk for teenage drivers is greater than for those aged over 20 years.

Mr Hodson says while the official holiday period ends on January 3, Northland Police will be carrying out high visibility patrols for most of the summer.
Operation Summer, which started this week (Monday December 17) and goes through to February 10, will include breath testing checkpoints, foot patrols, and hotel checks.

Along with that operation is Operation Crossroads 2012, a joint Australia and New Zealand road safety campaign that will take place during the official holiday period.
It aims to increase driver awareness of safe driving to reduce road crashes.

"This means we will have a real focus on keeping Northland's roads safe for our local people and visitors," says Mr Hodson.

"We want everyone to enjoy their holiday, and to celebrate Christmas and the New Year with loved ones, not spend it mourning the death of family or friends on the road."

Tips for a safe journey:
Plan your trip - take plenty of breaks and share the driving
Be patient
Drive to the conditions - the speed limit is not a target
Ensure everyone is wearing a seatbelt or child restraint
Do not drive after drinking alcohol
Respect other road users, including cyclists and pedestrians

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news