Drink drive campaign a success

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At least 17 people are to face drink driving charges as a result of the first weekend of Operation Profile.

The launch saw the Western Bay of Plenty police Traffic Alcohol Group conducting checkpoints and mobile patrols at various locations around the Tauranga area. 

Western Bay of Plenty Traffic Alcohol Group acting Sergeant Lee Stringer during the opening weekend more than 3400 drivers were stopped and tested for alcohol by the Traffic Alcohol Group alone. 

Fifteen of those now face various drink driving charges and one third of the drivers processed had previous convictions for drink driving. 

The team also impounded nine vehicles and suspended eight driver licences for 28 days due to the driver's alcohol levels exceeding 650 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. They also arrested five people with court warrants.

The highest reading was in excess of 900 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The adult limit is 400 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.

The operation is aimed at increasing awareness of drink driving, the presence of the specialist police squad and the risks of being apprehended. 

Western Bay of Plenty Traffic Alcohol Group acting Sergeant Lee Stringer said the reception from most people encountered was positive and that they really appreciated the effort Police were putting in to making the roads safer for all.

He said ther ultimate goal was to deter people who were influenced by alcohol from getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and putting themselves, their friends, families and the community as a whole at risk.

The operation will run from now and throughout the summer holiday period although the Traffic Alcohol Group is present 365 days a year.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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