Blitz reveals high alcohol offending

16:00, Dec 12 2012

More than 120 people were arrested in Auckland over the weekend during a trans-Tasman blitz on drunken behaviour.

And most of the arrests in Operation Unite were made in Counties Manukau.

Police in New Zealand and Australia focused on alcohol-related offending, including drink-driving, assaults and liquor licensing breaches.

Nationwide police made 448 arrests, had 170 assaults reported to them, caught 364 drink-drivers and identified 135 liquor licence breaches following sting operations.

In Auckland, there were 125 arrests, 156 drink-drivers, 89 assaults and 65 liquor licensing breaches.

Most of the offences were in Counties Manukau, where the highest numbers of arrests, licensing breaches and drink driving were recorded. Of the 156 drink-drivers caught across the city 80 per cent were in the south with 126 failed breathalyser tests.


That was also 43 per cent of the total number caught nationwide.

Counties Manukau also topped the highest number of arrests and licensing breaches at 79 and 50 respectively.

The most assaults were reported in Central Auckland with 51 but Counties Manukau still claimed 43 per cent of the total Auckland figures with 38 reported alcohol-fuelled assaults.

National road policing manager Superintendent Carey Griffiths says police will continue to target alcohol-related offending, particularly before Christmas, including a trans-Tasman operation to reduce road deaths and trauma between December 21 and January 7.

"Police across New Zealand will be out in force throughout the Christmas holiday season targeting drink driving, drunken behaviour and other alcohol-related offending," Mr Griffiths says.

Alcohol abuse is not just a police problem. It is a community issue too, he says.

"The challenge to all of us as individuals, friends, families and whanau is to confront our drinking habits and do our part to stay safe, so that we can all be around to enjoy next Christmas." Jay Boreham

Manukau Courier