Over 38,000 motorists were breath-tested in New Zealand at the weekend in a joint operation with Australian Police, and Police are pleased that the majority of drivers are taking responsibility on the roads.
Operation RAID (Remove All Impaired Drivers) was a joint initiative of Police Chiefs and Commissioners across Australia and New Zealand to draw attention to the broader implications associated with drink/drug driving.
The operation was timed to coincide with the beginning of the holiday season and was intended to keep the pressure on drivers to make sure that their driving is safe at all times, not just most of the time.
In total 38,132 breath tests were carried out and 178 drink-drive offences detected. One motorist tested positive for drugs. In addition, 75 drivers had their licences suspended, 877 other traffic offence notices were issued, and 42 other crime offences were detected.
"It's good to see so many New Zealanders caring about themselves and others and acting responsibly," said Superintendent Paula Rose, National Road Policing Manager.
"Every one of those who has been drinking or taking drugs present a huge risk to others and the Police make no apology for being vigilant on our roads. We want every New Zealander to have a safe journey, every journey."
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