News from NZ Police
2,584 drivers were stopped during a major policing operation across the Central District this evening and no one was found to be over the drink drive limit.
Operation Waka Ora took place at three locations within the District; SH1 at Sanson, SH1 at Mangaweka, and SH3 at Eltham.
The operations ran between 3pm and 7pm and involved at least 40 Police staff stopping and breath-screening all drivers.
A total of 85 Infringement notices were issued for various offences including expired warrant of fitness, vehicle faults, and drivers licence offences.
Alcohol was detected on 35 drivers but breath screening tests showed that none of them were over the legal limit.
Two drivers were dealt with for driving while disqualified and will appear in court at a later date.
Plunket volunteers were present and carried out checks to ensure all children were safely restrained. They checked 147 child restraints and gave advice to drivers on correct use of child restraints.
Officer in Charge of the Central District Road Policing Group, Senior Sergeant Kris Burbery says: “We are very pleased with the results. This was a great opportunity to reinforce road safety messages. Having the three different locations meant that most drivers travelling through Central District would have been stopped at one or more of these sites.”
“It was clear that many of the drivers stopped today were already heading away on holiday and we hope that with the positive feedback from those stopped, that drivers are taking real notice of the road safety messages.”
Packs of roads safety advice were also handed out to drivers.
Central District Highway patrol officers were supported by the Central District Traffic Alcohol Group and the Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit (CVIU).
“This was also a great opportunity to work with several key road safety partners such as ACC, St John Ambulance, Horizons Council, and other road safety coordinators as well as Plunket.”
“Drivers were very positive regarding the actions of Police during this operation and responsive to the messages we were passing on.”
To date 20 people have lost their lives in crashes on Central District roads.
“These people are not just statistics they are family members and friends and Police want everyone to get home safely this festive season. Please exercise caution and take extra care when travelling.”
The official Christmas/New Year holiday road period begins at 4pm on Tuesday and ends at 6am on Friday, 3 January.
Numerous road safety operations will continue throughout the holiday period and beyond, so all motorists are reminded that they could be stopped at any time.
“It is important that drivers remember that road safety is everyone’s responsibility and we want every journey to be a safe journey.
“Please do not forget that until the end of January 2014 the tolerance for exceeding any speed limit has been reduced to 4 km/h. Remember the speed limit is a limit, it is not a target,” says Senior Sergeant Burbery.
If you know of someone who is a danger on our roads call the police either on 111 or *555. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.