Youth drink-driving down
one conviction in 2011.
‘‘Police urge people in this age group who make a poor decision to drink and drive to seriously consider the impact their behaviour has in putting at risk their lives and the lives of their friends, family and other road users,’’ he said.
‘‘Drink-driving offenders are involved in about 38 per cent of all serious injury and fatal crashes in the Southern district,’’ he said.
Recidivist drink-drive offenders continued to appear in the southern district courts of Alexandra, Gore, Invercargill and Queenstown, clocking up 156 convictions in 2011 and 148 convictions in 2013.
From 2011-13, 161 indefinite disqualifications were recorded, with 134 having had two or more previous drink-driving convictions.
Female drink-driver offences were less than a third of the total drinkdriving convictions from 2011-12.
However, in 2013 three of the highest recorded breath alcohol levels in Southland and Central Otago were female offenders. The highest recorded breath alcohol level in 2013 was 1570 micrograms, recorded by a female aged 40 to 44.
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