Combined effort targets drink driving

Published date23 June 2022
Publication titleKatikati Advertiser
“Amongst this number, 153 impaired drivers were processed at these checkpoints — equating to 1 in every 75 vehicles stopped,” says relieving district commander superintendent Tim Anderson

“This was a disappointing and significant number of impaired drivers on our roads putting themselves, their passengers and other road users at risk of harm on our roads.

“Imagine what may have happened if Police hadn’t stopped them.

“What was particularly concerning was that several of those who were caught over the limit were at a checkpoint on State Highway 2 near Paengaroa in a 100km/h area.”

This is the fifth year Bay of Plenty District and Waikato District Police have worked together on Operation Tri City, where Road Policing staff, Impairment Prevention Team and Commercial Vehicle Safety Team spend a weekend each in Rotorua, Tauranga and Hamilton carrying out roadside impairment testing.

“For the most part our presence, at a mix of urban and rural locations, was very well received with many of the people commenting on how good it was to see us out in numbers,” says...

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