Six months' jail for drink drive woman

A Whangarei woman has been jailed for six months for her third drink-driving conviction after she was caught while more than 2 times over the legal limit.

Kristi SNOWDEN, 31, appeared for sentencing in Whangarei District Court on a charge of driving with excess blood alcohol for a third or subsequent time after she was stopped by police on Onerahi Rd at 8.40pm on March 10.

A blood sample revealed she had a level of 197 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit for motorists aged 20 and above is 80mg.

Snowden was sentenced to six months' jail and disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day for her third drink driving conviction.

Northland has some of the highest rates of drink-driving in the country, particularly repeat offenders, and the Northern Advocate is publishing its "name and shame" list of all people convicted of drink driving offences in the region.

Also sentenced in Northland's courts recently were:

Maxwell John BENNETT, 58, 489mcg of alcohol per litre of breath, 200 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for 12 months and one day for third drink driving conviction.

Iris Te Arani TOMOURI-DINSDALE, 49, 590mcg, four months' home detention, disqualified from driving for 18 months for fifth drink driving conviction.

Sara PATIRA, 26, unemployed, 1070mcg, 75 hours' community work, nine months' supervision, disqualified from driving for seven months.

Soul FREER, 22, 482mcg, disqualified from driving for nine months.

Shaun Duane HOLDSWORTH, 23, unemployed, 473mcg, 80 hours' community work, disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Mitchell Tawhai THOMAS, 40, 979mcg, $980 fine, disqualified from driving for six months.

Liquor limits: Aged 20 and above: 400mcg of alcohol per litre of breath; 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. Under 20: Young drivers with a blood alcohol limit of between 0.00 and 0.03 will receive an infringement fee of $200 and 50 demerit points.

Young drivers with a blood alcohol limit over that will continue to be subject to the same drink drive penalties as adults.

- Northern Advocate

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