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,
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.