Not one drunk driver

Police stopped more than 2,500 drivers in Central Districts this evening - and not one was over the drink-drive limit.

About 40 police staffed three checkpoints - State Highway 1 at Sanson and at Mangaweka, and SH3 at Eltham - for three hours.

Out of 2584 drivers stopped, 35 were thought to have been drinking, but breath screening tests showed that not one was over the legal limit.

Eighty-five infringement notices were issued for various offences, including expired warrant of fitness, vehicle faults, and drivers licence offences.

Two drivers were dealt with for driving while disqualified and will appear in court at a later date.

Plunket volunteers at the checkpoints checked 147 child restraints.

Officer in Charge of the Central District Road Policing Group, Senior Sergeant Kris Burbery said police were very pleased with the results, given that many drivers were heading off on their Christmas holidays.

"Having the three different locations meant that most drivers travelling through Central District would have been stopped at one or more of these sites."

The official Christmas/New Year holiday road period begins at 4pm on December 24, and ends at 6am on January 3, 2014.