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

 

Drink Drive Message Getting Through in Counties Manukau

Drink Drive Message Getting Through in Counties Manukau

Counties Manukau Police are looking forward to another safe weekend on the roads in the District following a successful Compulsory Breath Test operation last weekend where only 0.45% of drivers will be heading to court with excess breath alcohol charges.

Units from Road Policing in Counties Manukau and the Traffic Alcohol Group were stationed throughout the District conducting excess breath alcohol checkpoints. On the two nights over 5,100 drivers were breath tested and only 23 were found to have excess breath alcohol.

“This is a great result for the District,” says Counties Manukau Police District Commander Superintendent John Tims. “We want to make it known that drivers can find a Police checkpoint at any time and in any place and everyone should expect to be breath tested. We hope that finding only 23 drivers over the limit out of over 5,000 tested means that the message is getting through and people are taking responsibilty to ensure they are driving safely on our roads.”

Police hope the trend of finding few drunk drivers will continue as they continue with random compulsory breath test checkpoints leading up to Easter.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and everyone who is having a drink this weekend should plan ahead to make sure they have a safe way of getting home, even if it is just around the corner. Never get into a car with a driver who you suspect has had too much to drink. Call a taxi or a sober friend.

“Unfortunately 23 people caught over the limit is still 23 dangerous drivers who should not have been on the road. The highest reading we took in the weekend was over 1400mg alcohol per litre of breath. We hope not to see this repeated this weekend,” says Superintendent Tims.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement.

As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

 

Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Our Refugee Intake (And Uber’s Woes)

On figures released this week, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been displaced from their homes by war, famine or other external causes… More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Report: GCSB Support For Groser WTO Bid Not Illegal

“The inquiry has found that the GCSB did not act unlawfully or improperly in providing assistance to the New Zealand government campaign”, Ms Gwyn said. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Pike And Houses

There were questions on Pike River mine re-entry after new video from inside the drift was released over the weekend. English maintained a human effort would not be feasible irrespective of any future coalition demands from NZ First. He said the government would continue to work with families on non-manned re-entry. More>>

ALSO:

Flogging A Dead Horse: NZ First Seeks New s59 Referendum

10 years on from the so called “anti-smacking” law - NZ First calls for a binding referendum. NZ First MP Tracey Martin told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that the law change has had a “chilling effect” on NZ parents including herself. More>>

ALSO:

Always Interesting: Internet Party Has New Leader

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson... She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose.More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog