Breathe in ... Southern District highway patrol Senior
Sergeant Steve Larking says people should expect to see,
and be stopped by, police this holiday period, with police
tackling drunk and drugged drivers. Photo by Tim Miller
Police promise to make things hard for people planning to
take their own brand of Christmas cheer to extremes.
The Christmas random driver breath testing campaign has
started and Senior Sergeant Steve Larking warned every driver
stopped by police will be breath tested.
''We will be mass testing as many drivers as possible at peak
times at both road checkpoints and also carrying out random
stops,'' Snr Sgt Larking said.
During December 2011 and January 2012, 45,909 drivers were
stopped in the Southern region, with 291 charged with drink
or drug driving offences.
Extra police will also be on patrol until after the New Year
in an effort to try to stop anti-social behaviour.
Senior Sergeant Kelvin Lloyd of Dunedin said police were busy
during the weekend dealing with mostly alcohol related
''It's not unusual for this time of the year with Christmas
parties and people out celebrating,'' he said. There were a
high number of assaults in the inner city area on Saturday
night and Sunday morning almost all involving alcohol, Snr
Sgt Lloyd said.
People just needed to be aware of their personal security and
the environment they are in and should take sensible
precautions such as not walking alone, Snr Sgt Lloyd said.
''People out in the inner city on the weekend should expect
to see plenty of fluro vests around,'' he said.