More than 20 people were arrested in the South Island during
a 24-hour police operation targeting alcohol-related crime,
with the highest reading coming from a driver following a
crash in Dunedin.
The annual trans-Tasman Operation Unite campaign involved an
increased police presence in Southland and Otago from 6pm to
6am over Friday and Saturday night.
Around 2100 motorists were stopped and breath tested during
the operation, resulting in 11 people being processed for
The Dunedin incident occurred on Portsmouth Drive at 12.19am
this morning where a driver blew 919 micrograms per litre of
breath. The legal limit for drivers over 20 is 400mcg/l.
The operation also netted 27 arrests in the Southern
District, including 14 for disorderly behaviour the three for
breaching liquor bans.
A controlled purchase operation in the district also caught
four premises selling alcohol to a minor, police said.
Around 200 staff were involved in the operation over the two
day period, assisted by community patrols and Maori wardens.
Police said the operation was a great opportunity to raise
awareness around the harm that alcohol could cause in
- Brendan Manning of APNZ