Police label drink-driver numbers ’shocking’

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Rotorua Police were out in force this weekend alongside Hamilton and Tauranga Traffic Alcohol Groups as part of an operation aimed at reminding drivers to stay sober over the summer months and beyond.

Operation Tri-City included checkpoints across Rotorua, with 7,986 cars stopped across Friday and Saturday evening.

While the authorities were working hard to remind road users to stay sober, alert, and safe, police said many people still haven’t got the message.

Across the two days, 42 people stopped were over the legal breath alcohol limit, with a number of these more than double the limit.

“This is extremely disappointing, and frankly quite shocking,” says Inspector Anaru Pewhairangi, Area Commander Rotorua.

"These people are putting themselves and others at serious risk.

“We want to see people enjoying Christmas and the festive season, but this doesn’t mean putting yourself in danger.

"There are many options to get home after a few drinks, whether it’s having a nominated sober driver, a taxi, or public transport.

“It’s not worth the risk of harming yourself, or someone else. If you’ve been drinking, the answer is simple – don’t get behind the wheel, make sure you get home for Christmas.”

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