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Police urge safe driving at Mardi Gras

Police urge safe driving at Mardi Gras

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Thursday, 26 June 2014 - 10:54am

Ohakune Police are urging people attending the annual Ohakune Mountain Mardi Gras to think about the drive home on Sunday after partying the night before.

Central District Road Policing Manager Inspector Dave White said: "Over the years the atmosphere at the Mardi Gras has been significantly positive and most people make good choices and have plans to get to and from the Mardi Gras safely."

"There are a minority of people that don't think about the drive home on Sunday morning and how the alcohol they consumed throughout the night could affect them. Alcohol and driving don't mix and when you get behind the wheel you are responsible for your safety and your passengers."

This year's Mardi Gras is on Saturday 28 June. A liquor ban is in place in Ohakune and Police will act on breaches of the ban. There will also be a road policing operation in place in the area from Friday with the Traffic Alcohol Group and Highway Patrol.

Out of the approximately 5,000 people that attended the event in 2013, 20 people were arrested. The arrests were for breach of the liquor ban, and disorderly behaviour.

There were also 11 people processed for driving with excess breath alcohol.

"It is no secret that officers will be on the main roads through Ohakune and motorists should expect to be breath-tested. If you are found to have excess breath alcohol you will face serious consequences.

"We want you to have a fun weekend but your decision making will also affect what kind of time you have at the Mardi Gras. All actions have consequences and drivers and passengers need to make good choices inside the vehicle, with friends and family doing their part to support and encourage safe behaviour," said Inspector White.

Tips to keep you and your mates safe:

Plan your trip carefully
Don't drink and drive – Remember Police also test for drug-driving
Arrange safe transport to and from the venue or nominate a sober driver
Seatbelts save lives so always buckle up
Lock your vehicles and make sure all personal items and valuables are out of sight
Moderate your drinking — For every alcoholic drink have a glass of water or a soft drink
Don't accept drinks from strangers
Keep all valuables close to you and out of sight; only take what you need with you
Look out for your mates. If they have had too much to drink don't let them wander off, make sure they get home safely.


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