The number of drink-drivers caught on Dunedin roads has
dropped by 23% but there is still ''a long way to go'',
Figures released to The Star under the Official
Information Act show 548 people were caught drink-driving
last year compared to 715 in 2009.
The number of drink-drivers caught in rural areas has also
decreased. Last year, 280 people were caught, compared with
455 in 2009.
The number of recidivist drink-drivers who have been caught
three or more times has decreased.
Last year, 116 were caught in Dunedin compared with 132 in
2009. Recidivist drivers caught in rural areas increased by 3
(to 43) last year, compared to 40 in 2009.
Southern District acting road policing manager Senior
Sergeant Steve Larking said with the number of people still
being caught it was ''obvious some people are ignoring the
safety message of `Don't drink and Drive'''.
''The reduction is good but we have a long way to go. There
is a mix of drivers that have never been caught for drink
driving and recidivist drink-drivers.
Generally about a-quarter of all drink-drivers apprehended by
police have a previous conviction for a similar offence,'' he
Dunedin Central, Dunedin South and Mosgiel were the top three
areas where drink-drivers were caught last year.
In Dunedin Central 100 people were caught last year compared
to 234 in 2009, 79 were caught in Dunedin South compared to
88 in 2009 and 53 were caught in Mosgiel last year compared
to 46 in 2009.
Since the zero alcohol limit for drivers under 20 was
introduced in August 2011, 487 drivers were caught. Of these,
183 recorded a breath alcohol reading of over 400mcgs per
litre of breath, which is the adult limit.
Six of these drivers have recorded their third or subsequent
drink-driving offence. Five of these were in 2012 and one
Snr Sgt Larking said police were continuing to ''enforce''
drink driving in Dunedin through checkpoints, mobile breath
tests, and by targeting recidivist drink-drivers and specific
places where drink driving might occur.