Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Alcohol blitz on both sides of the ditch

Alcohol blitz on both sides of the ditch

Police on both sides of the Tasman are this weekend launching a blitz against alcohol-fuelled crime and crashes.

Starting today, Police across New Zealand and Australia will be conducting the sixth Operation Unite – a Blitz on Drunken Violence, which runs through until Sunday (9 December).

"Operation Unite aims to send a strong and clear message that police and the community will not put up with drunk driving, alcohol related violence and anti-social behaviour and other related crime," says National Manager Road Policing, Superintendent Carey Griffiths.

During the operation, staff across all 12 Police districts will be focusing on alcohol-related offending, including drink driving, assaults, and licensing breaches, while Police in all Australian jurisdictions will have the same focus.

New Zealand Police will be paying extra attention to:

• targeting drink drivers in rural and urban areas;
• rigorously enforcing breach of liquor bans and alcohol offences in public places;
• targeting under-age drinking through high visibility patrols, infringement notices and follow up with young people's parents/caregivers;
• visiting licensed premises identified as posing risks and conducting compliance checks;
• conducting spot checks of on and off license premises, hotels and clubs; and
• working with partner agencies to reinforce community safety.

“The impacts of alcohol related offending accounts for almost 20 percent of the police budget, as well as one in four traffic offences, one in five traffic crashes, one in two cases of serious violence, and one in three cases of family violence,” Mr Griffiths says. “That has to change.”

Alcohol related crime is estimated to cost the New Zealand justice sector more than $716 million annually, while New Zealand Police spends around $200m on dealing with the misuse of alcohol. At least one third of all arrests include alcohol as a factor.

"Reducing alcohol related harm is a top priority for police, but it’s not just a Police issue. The challenge for all of us as individuals, friends, families and whanau is to confront our drinking habits and do our part to stay safe.”

Jon White, CEO of ANZPAA, the agency that serves Police Commissioners across Australia and New Zealand, says the affordability and availability of alcohol is a significant contributor to the alcohol-related harm seen on both countries’ roads, streets and entertainment areas.

“The message that Operation Unite sends is to be safe. It is about the community thinking responsibly and sensibly when going out drinking in public and being aware of the environment around them. Go out and have a good time, but don’t let the fun get out of hand,” Mr White says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news