Young still driving drunk
Police are worried the anti-drink driving message is not getting through to young people.
A police operation held at 3am around Auckland city on September 13 and 14 caught 147 drunk drivers, including 37 aged under 20.
Road policing manager inspector Gavin Macdonald was shocked by the number of young women driving drunk.
“They have to realise that at that time of the morning, they are tired and haven’t been eating. They’ve got to give the body a chance to filter out the alcohol.”
He says one girl said she hadn’t been drinking for two hours before being stopped, but still had more than twice the breath alcohol limit.
A number of people also said they had to go to work not long after being caught by the checkpoint.
“A lot of people are having two hours’ sleep and are still drunk. They shouldn’t be driving.”
During the operation, 16 vehicles were impounded and 51 people had their licence suspended after returning a reading of more than 650 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.
One person was arrested for stealing a motor vehicle and 11 others arrested for a variety of offences.
“I couldn’t believe the attitude towards drink driving. People were pretty blase about it,” says Mr Macdonald.
He says a lot of people don’t seem to be planning ahead and designating a sober driver to get them home after a night on the town.
“It’s not worth putting yourself or the public at risk.”
Police will be holding more operations in different places at various times of the day and night.