Tuesday, April 23, 2024

14 caught in Nelson drink drive blitz

Nelson Tasman Police say they’re disappointed with the number of drivers caught drink driving in the region at checkpoints over the weekend.

Fourteen drivers were processed for excessive breath alcohol at checkpoints on Friday and Saturday nights in Nelson, Wakefield and Motueka.

The operation was part of ongoing road policing checkpoints scheduled to take place over the summer months.

More than two thousand breath tests were conducted.

Acting Tasman Road Policing Manager, Senior Sergeant Hamish Chapman said 14 people drink-driving was far too many. 

Ten people were also caught not wearing seatbelts and five were driving while using mobile phones.

Five motorists also had their driving license suspended for driving at speeds in excess of 140 kph during the weekend crackdown.

Senior Sergeant Chapman says the number of people not driving safely in the lead-up to Christmas is disappointing.

“The majority of motorists were doing all the right things – wearing their seatbelt, not driving while impaired, not using cellphones when driving, and driving to the conditions and speed limits.”

“Unfortunately, there were still some who were putting themselves and others at risk.”

He said motorists can expect to see Police out any time any where, on roads across the Tasman district right throughout the summer, to ensure everyone gets to their destination safely.

“The more we can be out there influencing behaviours like wearing seatbelts, not speeding, driving free of distraction and not driving while impaired, the safer we all are.”

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