Police disappointed by drink-drivers

Dunedin police are disappointed with the number of intoxicated drivers caught during the weekend.

Acting Senior Sergeant Matt Scoles said eight people were apprehended for driving with excess breath-alcohol between midnight and 7am on Sunday.

''A lot of the readings were very high,'' he said.

''It's very disappointing from a police perspective that people continue to drive having recently consumed alcohol and ... quite large quantities of alcohol.''

Drivers apprehended were found to have breath-alcohol levels of between 597mcg and 1011mcg - up to over two and a-half times the 400mcg limit.

Sgt Coles said that while the message about the dangers of drink-driving seemed to be resonating with the wider public - ''perhaps it's not getting through to some as it should''.

''It's [the number apprehended] quite a big spike to what we have been used to in recent times,'' Sgt Coles said.

Six of those apprehended were caught by members of the Southern District Rural Drink Drive Team, while the other two were found to be intoxicated after crashing their vehicles, he said.

The minor crashes did not result in injury but still demonstrated the dangers of drink-driving.

The eight people will appear in the district court.



And the new adjustment regarding levels resulting in demerits and fines prove its revenue gathering.

Their own statistics prove the majority of crashes and deaths involving alcohol are the result of people well over 2x the limit and/or recidivist offenders, neither of which will care the limit was lowered.

The lower limit will do nothing to decrease deaths but will catch more people who might be slighty over the limit and in the vast majority of cases would be safe to drive, but it will increase revenue greatly with almost no additional court or enforcement .

I have no objection to lowering the limit, just don't promote it solving something it's not. Use proper, meaningful penalties and and don't use it for revenue gathering.

allow me to answer that

The reason why there are drink drivers galore is simple.the punishment is well known. Usually 6 months disqualification and a few hundred dollars for a fine. It's quite simple. People weigh up the possibility of getting caught versus getting away with it, and are quite happy to roll the dice for such a minor but annoying inconvenient so called detterent/punishment. The justice system need to see drink driving as the potential killer that it is.

If they are really serious about stamping this crime out.they need to get real. Starting fines at  $2000 and second offenders doing minimum one year jail would see this crime taking seriously by drivers. Or here's the big if. The government love steady revenues coming through the courts. Why mess with a good thing? Drivers and the public killed due to drink driving could be seen as minor collatoral damage compared to the high steady revenue this crime generates. 

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