A 19-year-old driver stopped in Napier over the weekend has caused police to remind young drivers of the danger of breaching licence conditions.

The man was stopped for speeding, but was found to be in breach of his licence conditions as he had passengers in the car and he was also processed for drink driving.

The young man's licence has been suspended for 28 days and he will also be appearing in court.

Eastern district police are reminding young drivers in the region to stick to the conditions of their licence for their own safety and the safety of all road users.


Eastern District Road Policing Manager Matt Broderick said licence conditions for learner and restricted drivers are there for a reason.

"Major contributors to serious and fatal crashes in the region are young drivers, alcohol and speed. In this situation all three factors were present.

"It is a concern that we have young drivers on the road displaying such reckless driving behaviour because such actions put all road users at risk," said Inspector Broderick.

Police work hard and undertake a variety of enforcement and patrol activities to try and ensure young drivers stay safe.

When it comes to ensuring young drivers are keeping to their licence conditions Inspector Broderick said family and the community have an important role to play.

"Any breach of licence conditions is a concern and can have tragic consequences. If you know of a young driver on a restricted or learners licence please don't encourage or support them in breaching their conditions."