Police disappointed after checkpoints in Wellington
Acting Wellington District Road Policing Manager, Senior Sergeant Matthew Fitzgerald:
Wellington Police are disappointed after 15 drivers tested for excess breath alcohol last night as part of a crack-down on drink driving over the festive season.
Police breath tested 2,500 drivers at checkpoints across the Wellington and Hutt Valley area.
Locating even one driver with excess breath alcohol is concerning, let alone 15.
This is a reminder that as a community we have a responsibility to ensure we drive safely at all times and do not take any unnecessary risks - getting behind the wheel after drinking is one of those risks not worth taking.
Drivers can expect to see more checkpoints around Wellington, so if you are stopped by Police, no matter what time of day or the reason, you can expect to be breath tested.
Our officers will be out in force anytime, anywhere to deter unsafe driving behaviour.
The most important message Police want to convey is really simple: don’t risk your life and that of others by driving while impaired in any way.
If you are going to drink, plan how you’re
getting home before you head out so you avoid making a bad
decision later. Get a mate to drive, or someone to pick you
up, or grab a taxi, ride share, or take public transport.
There is always an alternative to drink