27 arrested in alcohol crackdown

Last updated 12:58 15/12/2013

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Southern police were out in force over the weekend as part of an annual trans-Tasman crackdown on alcohol-related crime.

Around 200 police in Southland and Otago undertook a range of activities across the district in their work as part of the two-day Operation Unite campaign. Staff were assisted by community patrols and Maori wardens.

Officers increased activity in the form of foot and vehicle patrols, road policing checkpoints targeting drinking and driving, compliance checks on licensed premises, enforcement of liquor bans and targeting of alcohol offences in public places.

Approximately 2100 motorists were stopped and breath tested. Eleven were processed for drink driving. One of the highest drink driving results was recorded following a crash on Dunedin's Portsmouth Drive at 12.19am this morning. The driver returned a result of 919mcg.

There were 27 arrests, 14 of which were for disorderly behaviour. Three others were arrested for breaching liquor bans.

Approximately 80 licensed premises were checked for compliance with the Sale of Liquor Act.

Thirty licensed premises were subject to a controlled purchase operation over the weekend. Four of those premises were subject to failures which related to the sale of alcohol to a minor.

A police spokesperson said Operation Unite "was a great opportunity to raise awareness around the harm that alcohol causes in our communities and to challenge the community to think about their role in preventing and reducing alcohol harm in our communities."

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- The Press

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