Police disappointed at drink drivers
Waikato Police are warning drinkers in rural areas to change their attitudes towards drinking and driving following a surge of arrests in the Matamata area recently.
District road policing manager Inspector Leo Tooman said the most disappointing example was a 34-year-old woman who returned a breath alcohol reading of 1240mg after being stopped by police in Te Poi shortly after mid- day last Sunday. The woman was now facing her fifth charge for driving with excess breath alcohol.
‘‘When you consider the legal alcohol limit for a fully-licensed driver is 400mg per litre of breath, the fact this woman was over three times the legal limit during the middle of the day is a major concern for us,’’ said Mr Tooman.
Five other drivers were processed for driving with excess breath alcohol in Matamata last Friday, while one passenger was also arrested for disorder.
‘‘Friday night’s arrests included a woman stopped in Matamata who blew 598mg,’’ said Mr Tooman.
‘‘She had been drinking in Tokoroa and was on her way to Auckland when stopped by police, which shows drink drivers aren’t just posing a risk on their way home, they can be travelling quite some distance. Each of these drivers now knows they face the risk of encountering police anywhere and at any time.
‘‘But our officers can’t be everywhere.
‘‘Each driver processed was a case of a tragedy being avoided. What we need is for these peoples’ friends and relatives to step up and tell them it’s not okay to drink and drive,’’ Mr Tooman said.
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