Youth drink-driv­ing down

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By MATT CO­LEY

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.

Award win­ners: The Dun­stan High School choir Dun­stanza giv­ing their win­ning per­for­mance at the Mel­bourne Eisteddfod on Thurs­day.

SIT Jour­nal­ism stu­dent

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