Police disappointed by driver blitz result

Big haul of drink drivers caught.

Big haul of drink drivers caught.

A police drink-drive blitz in Gisborne at the weekend netted 25 people behind the wheel allegedly over the limit, while 11 of them were over the upper limit of 400 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.

The result has hugely disappointed police.

“As well as the 25 drink-drivers detected, there were two other drivers who tested positive for drug-driving,” said Sergeant Steve Murray from the eastern district traffic alcohol group.

“We are hugely disappointed with the large number of drink-drivers detected by the Traffic Alcohol Group (TAG) and the high levels of intoxication exhibited by many.

“It disappoints that people continue to put other road users, as well as themselves, at risk by getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or controlled drugs.”

Sergeant Murray said 11 of the drink-drivers were over 400mcg, which is the level at which drivers will be prosecuted in court.

“Licences were suspended immediately for 28 days for five of them, due to high levels of intoxication (over 650 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath).”

The highest recorded alcohol reading was 863 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.

“We impounded six vehicles for 28 days as a result of drivers being either disqualified or previously forbidden to drive.”

Sergeant Murray said TAG travels to Gisborne regularly, yet drivers here have failed to heed the warnings and continue to drive under the influence.

“The team will continue to deploy to Tairawhiti and, together with colleagues in the local road policing units, will robustly target those offenders who continue to put the community at risk.”

The drink/drug driving message was quite simple.

“Ensure you make better choices for your journey, otherwise we will catch you and hold you accountable.

“We would rather educate and prevent, rather than continue to prosecute.”

A police drink-drive blitz in Gisborne at the weekend netted 25 people behind the wheel allegedly over the limit, while 11 of them were over the upper limit of 400 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.

The result has hugely disappointed police.

“As well as the 25 drink-drivers detected, there were two other drivers who tested positive for drug-driving,” said Sergeant Steve Murray from the eastern district traffic alcohol group.

“We are hugely disappointed with the large number of drink-drivers detected by the Traffic Alcohol Group (TAG) and the high levels of intoxication exhibited by many.

“It disappoints that people continue to put other road users, as well as themselves, at risk by getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or controlled drugs.”

Sergeant Murray said 11 of the drink-drivers were over 400mcg, which is the level at which drivers will be prosecuted in court.

“Licences were suspended immediately for 28 days for five of them, due to high levels of intoxication (over 650 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath).”

The highest recorded alcohol reading was 863 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.

“We impounded six vehicles for 28 days as a result of drivers being either disqualified or previously forbidden to drive.”

Sergeant Murray said TAG travels to Gisborne regularly, yet drivers here have failed to heed the warnings and continue to drive under the influence.

“The team will continue to deploy to Tairawhiti and, together with colleagues in the local road policing units, will robustly target those offenders who continue to put the community at risk.”

The drink/drug driving message was quite simple.

“Ensure you make better choices for your journey, otherwise we will catch you and hold you accountable.

“We would rather educate and prevent, rather than continue to prosecute.”

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