Police: Rugby Trains Made Difference
12 vehicles were impounded and 20 people had their license suspended after returning a reading of more than 650 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath in a post- All Blacks match crackdown.
Police used last night’s All Blacks -Springboks Tri-Nations clash as a dress rehearsal for next year’s Rugby World Cup with an extensive police operation in and around the Eden Park and the city.
But Auckland City Road Policing Manager Inspector Gavin Macdonald said it was pleasing that the majority of people breath tested had not been drinking.
He said it was also good to see that a lot people going to the test match at Eden Park had used public transport and that the roads were relatively quite and free from congestion, both before and after the match.
Over 12,000 drivers were breath tested. Of these drivers a total of 45 people were detected driving with an excess breath alcohol reading over the legal limit of 400 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.
Clown of the evening was a 33 year old man who had originally walked home from Eden Park after drinking then decided to drive to the shops to get some cigarettes. He didn’t get far and was stopped at a checkpoint.
When he was processed he gave a reading of 859 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. This was over twice the legal limit of 400 Micrograms/per litre.