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Wellington Police disappointed by number of drink-drivers

Wellington news

Police continue to urge motorists to make a conscious decision to not drive after drinking.

Twenty-nine drivers were processed for excess breath alcohol at checkpoints and during routine traffic stops in the Wellington city area, between 4pm on 31 December and 11am on 1 January.

More than 4000 breath tests were conducted.

Acting Wellington District Commander Inspector Wade Jennings says it is incredibly disappointing to see 29 excess breath alcohol results.

“It’s quite frankly an unacceptable decision to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car as you immediately put yourself, your passengers and other road users at risk.

“The majority of motorists were doing all the right things, but unfortunately there are still some who made the decision to drive after drinking.”

Inspector Jennings reminds motorists to also be aware about driving the morning after drinking. Even with sleep and food, alcohol can stay in a person’s system for longer than they may realise.

Of the 29 drivers, eight were processed between 7am and 10am yesterday.

If you’re in any doubt about whether you’re safe or legal to drive, Police’s advice is simple – don’t do it.

Wellington Police will maintain a visible presence on the district’s roads throughout summer and into 2023 to ensure we all get to where we’re going safely.

Motorists can expect to be stopped anywhere, anytime.

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Source:NZ Police

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  1. “More than 4000 breath tests were conducted “ how many of them were part of the police force? Didn’t I see that over the past 5 years there has been a 81% drop in drivers tested by nz police at your booze stops across the nation. Maybe don’t be disappointed in the numbers you are finding now, maybe be disappointed in the fact that you have dropped the ball by not testing. Still, running around after the government seems to be taking up to much of your time. Hope you sent the memo to your colleagues, we all know that you are not adverse to breaking the law…. are you.

  2. Funny how they can chase down kids on motorbikes on council land and stop tipsy drivers but can’t investigate the COVID vaccine debacle, in spite of the evidence presented to them. Really they are a joke these days and a bad one, at that….Just biased govt proxies…..


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