Alcohol blitz nabs 7 drivers

Last updated 13:00 24/12/2012

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Police stopped thousands of drivers in a blitz on drink-driving on Nelson and Richmond roads at the weekend and charged seven people.

Nelson Bays police held their second pre-Christmas alcohol blitz on roads around Nelson.

Operation Saturn was a joint operation involving police and New Zealand Transport Agency staff. Police also issued 117 infringement notices for various vehicle and driver-related offences and impounded a motor vehicle from a disqualified driver as part of the operation.

Alcohol checkpoints were set up on Friday and Saturday nights during which police tested a total of 3828 drivers on roads around Nelson and Richmond.

Seven drivers now face prosecution after they were caught with alcohol readings over the legal limit.

Sergeant David Lauer, of the Tasman District Traffic Alcohol Group, said it was most disappointing that four of those caught were recidivist drink drivers.

A reduced tolerance to speeding, by 4kmh, has already started and will run until Monday, January 7.

Police will be out in force over the festive season to enforce this, and drink-driving, seatbelt wearing, driver distraction and fatigue will also be a focus.

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