Police continue to encourage drivers to make a conscious decision not to drive after drinking.
Between 4:00 pm on 31st December and 11:00 am on 1st January, 29 drivers treated for excess breath alcohol at checkpoints and during routine traffic stops in downtown Wellington. I received
Over 4000 breath tests were performed.
Lieutenant Inspector Wade Jennings, Acting Wellington District Commander, says it’s very disappointing to see the results of 29 excess breath alcohol.
“Frankly, getting behind the wheel after drinking is an unacceptable decision as it puts yourself, your passengers and other road users at immediate risk.
“The vast majority of drivers were doing all the right things, but unfortunately there are still those who decide to drive after drinking.”
Inspector Jennings is also urging drivers to be careful driving in the morning after drinking alcohol. Even with sleep and food, alcohol can stay in your body longer than you realize.
Of the 29 drivers, eight were processed between 7am and 10am yesterday.
If you’re in doubt about whether it’s safe or legal to drive, the police’s advice is simple – don’t drive.
Wellington Police will maintain a visible presence on district roads throughout the summer and through 2023 to ensure we all get to our destinations safely.
Motorists can expect to stop anywhere, anytime.