Police target drink driving






During the past two weekends Police engaged with more than 11,000 drivers at breath alcohol checkpoints around Western Bay of Plenty, as part of Operation Tri City. “Amongst this number, 153 impaired drivers were processed at these checkpoints — equating to 1 in every 75 vehicles stopped,” says relieving district commander superintendent Tim Anderson. “This was a disappointing and significant number of impaired drivers on our roads putting themselves, their passengers and other road users at risk of harm on our roads. “What was particularly concerning was that several of those who were caught over the limit were at a checkpoint on State Highway 2 near Paengaroa in a 100km/h area.” This is the fifth year Bay of Plenty District and Waikato District Police have worked together on Operation Tri City, where Road Policing staff, Impairment Prevention Team and Commercial Vehicle Safety Team spend a weekend each in Rotorua, Tauranga and Hamilton carrying out roadside impairment testing. Police engaged with thousands of motorists and undertook an intensive breath testing campaign, with the aim of reducing road trauma caused by alcohol and drug impairment. In the operation Police also locate four disqualified drivers, suspended 18 drivers’ licences and impounded eight vehicles. The public can expect to Police at any time and in any place.