Police Target Picton Drink Drivers
A campaign to curb drink driving is under way in Picton. This year to date close to 50 drivers have been caught in Picton with excess breath alcohol. The number detected for all of 2012 was 26 and in 2011 there were 19 drink drivers caught over the whole year.
Last Saturday night Picton officers, supported by staff from the Tasman District Traffic Alcohol Group, stopped 300 cars. Of those, three people are now facing drink driving charges.
Sergeant Bill Talbot said the three drivers who were prosecuted were all close to twice the legal limit.
He said officers were visiting local bars throughout the evening to reinforce the message that people shouldn’t get behind the wheel after they have been drinking. The response from bar patrons was generally very positive and supportive of Police targeting drink drivers.
Of the three that have been prosecuted, two had been drinking at private parties and one had been drinking in Blenheim after playing rugby.
“Drink drivers are a huge risk to our community and the number of people we are detecting driving over the legal limit is totally unacceptable. We’ve had more already this year than we had for the last two years combined.”
He said all drivers in Picton could expect to be stopped and breath tested at any time of the day or night.
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