Drink drive blitz pleases police


Hawke's Bay's small number of drink-related offences during Operation Unite last weekend echoed the national results - pleasing police.

Assistant Commissioner Nick Perry said this year police had more than 800 staff, including 30 in Napier and Hastings, engaged in Operation Unite on Friday and Saturday nights.

"We had quite a small number of associated arrests, liquor licensing breaches and incidents of violence."

Seven drivers were picked up in Napier and Hastings after about 4900 cars were stopped during the two-night blitz, which saw fullscale checkpoints set up nationwide.

Nationally 169 arrests were made on Friday night and 171 on Saturday.

There were 179 people found with excess breath alcohol readings on Friday night and 194 on Saturday.

Given the figures were for the whole country they were not excessive, police said.

Police had vowed to keep the heat on in the build up to, and during, the festive season.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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