Dunedin drivers 'doing the right thing'

A recent Friday evening checkpoint shows Dunedinites are being responsible with their after work drinks, police say.

Steve Wykes, Acting Sergeant Dunedin Road Policing, said 379 drivers were stopped at a checkpoint on Kaikorai Valley Rd last Friday, in two hours from 6:20pm.

Thirty drivers were found to have consumed alcohol but only one was over the legal driving limit of 250mcgs.

The driver recorded 346mcgs and was issued an infringement for driving with breath alcohol exceeding 250mcgs but not more than 400 mcgs.

They were given 50 demerits and a $200 fine, Acting Sgt Wykes said.

"I am really pleased to say that during our checkpoint, we were extremely happy with how responsible the drivers were that were tested."

"This is really pleasing to see, it’s worth thanking the public for them doing the right thing.

"We appreciate how responsible they are being as the results clearly show in our testing," said Acting Sergeant Wykes.

He also urged motorists to be even more careful on the roads in wintry conditions, saying "there are more hazards on the road to be cautious of, and being impaired in these winter conditions is even worse".

He advised anyone heading to the ski-fields to "do their homework and plan ahead".

"Watch out for black ice after a frost, it makes the road slick and can contribute to handling errors – especially heading up through Central Otago towards the ski-fields."

Grit on icy roads could also contribute to vehicle handling difficulties.

He urged motorists to keep to the left and keep their lights on low beam as Dunedin "is not immune to fog, rain and snow and these things can dramatically reduce visibility".

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