Wellington Police are targeting excess consumption of alcohol and its impact on crime and the roads as the city gears up for a big rugby test weekend.
"Moderate your drinking and youâ€™ll stay safe," advises Senior Sergeant Doug Rowan, the head of this weekendâ€™s operation.
Forty police staff from across the Wellington District, including the Traffic Alcohol Group, will be working on Saturday night in the central city.
Staff will be at the Westpac Trust Stadium during the rugby, and will maintain a very visible presence on the streets throughout the night. This includes patrolling the key entertainment bars and clubs.
"We want everyone to enjoy themselves and to do so safely," Mr Rowan says. "We encourage people to moderate their alcohol intake, look after their friends and take a sensible approach when it comes to going home.
"If youâ€™re thinking of drinking and driving, then forget it. Weâ€™ll be working around the clock.
"Make sure you have a sober driver behind the wheel or arrange alternative transport home."