Early morning stop

Police breath-test commuters at a checkpoint in North Rd,  Dunedin, about 8am yesterday.

Otago coastal road police area manager Ian Temple said police stopped about 450 drivers, eight of whom were found to have alcohol on their breath; however, nobody was processed for drink driving or would appear in court.

Many people did not consider that alcohol could still be in their system the morning after a big night, but there was a real possibility of them still being impaired.

The early morning checkpoint did slow traffic quite a bit, but it was a valuable tool to keep roads safe and remind people to be mindful when driving home the next morning, he said. 



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