21,000 Auck Drivers Breath Tested
The number of first time offenders caught drink driving surprised police during a series of blitzes around Auckland City which began Friday night and ended this morning.
Over 21,000 drivers were breath tested at checkpoints from Mission Bay to Glen Innes, Blockhouse Bay to Westmere ,Mt Albert and the Auckland CBD.
Of these drivers, a total of 77 people were detected driving with excess breath alcohol.
Auckland City Road Policing Manager Inspector Gavin Macdonald said it was concerning that a number of first time offenders caught driving over the legal limit. A lot of these drivers previously hadn’t even received so much as a speeding ticket.
Police quote one incident. At about 2am on Saturday morning two vehicles traveling in convoy and full of intoxicated young people was stopped on an inner city on ramp leading onto the Southern motorway .Their intended destination was Manurewa ,South Auckland.
Both male drivers where well over twice the legal limit which is 400 micrograms of Alcohol per litre of breath) one was also a disqualified driver, he was arrested whilst both vehicles were impounded on the spot.
13 vehicles were impounded and 30 people had their licenses suspended after returning a reading of more than 650 micrograms of Alcohol per litre of breath.