Northland - Drink driving operation
Northland District Headquarters
88 Cameron Street, Whangärei
Thursday September 19, 2013
Police are continuing to pick up drivers in the Far North who are two to three times over the alcohol limit.
Last week Northland Police's Traffic Alcohol Group
spent four days in the Kaitaia area.
They carried out numerous checkpoints, stopping in excess of 700 drivers.
In the early hours of Sunday morning they stopped a 26-year-old woman in Kaitaia. She was supposed to be the sober driver, but blew 736mgms.
Along with TAG, Kaitaia Police were also out and about stopping drivers who were over the alcohol limit.
In the early hours of Friday
September 13 they stopped a 37-year-old man, who had been
reported as driving erratically around Pukenui by a member
of the public.
The man blew 1534mgms per litre of breath, nearly four times the legal limit of 400mgms.
On Sunday, about 7am, a driver was seen swerving across the road in Ahipara, so Police stopped him. The 33-year-old man blew 1317 mgms and his reason for driving was he was going to pick up some takeaways.
Northland Road Policing Manager
Inspector Murray Hodson says these readings were extremely
"It's a wonder that the man, whose breath alcohol level was 1534, was able to drive!
I am also gob smacked at the stupidity of people who think they can just drive down the road after they've been drinking to pick up food. They don't have to go far to kill or seriously injure someone."
Mr Hodson says home-based drinking is a major problem in Northland and drivers are often caught going out to get more alcohol or food.
"Drivers on rural roads also think they can get away with it, but let me tell you, we will be on those roads and all drivers stopped will be breath tested."
Mr Hodson is full of praise to members of
the public who alerted police to the drunk driver in
"Stopping the drunk drivers is the responsibility of the community as well as police. Take the keys off anyone who has been drinking and offer them a bed for the night, so they don't have to drive home."
Mr Hodson says during July and August Police stopped 250 drivers who were over the alcohol limit.
"This is 250 too many and it needs to stop or our families and friends will continue to be killed and injured on our roads."