Police get tough on drink-drivers

21:03, Nov 18 2012

Invercargill police have issued a stern warning, after a number of alcohol-related arrests during the weekend.

Senior sergeant Maggie Windle said this morning there had been 22 arrests between Friday evening and this morning, including 11 on Saturday night.

While some of the arrests included offences such as family violence, all of the arrests on Saturday were alcohol-related and  included disorderly behaviour, breaching the liquor ban and offensive behaviour.

Eight of those arrested were caught drink-driving with some more than twice the legal limit, Ms Windle said.

Those arrested were a range of ages, she said.

Police warned they would continue to take alcohol-related offending seriously.

''I think that people need to be aware if they are drinking alcohol, there's an increase in Christmas functions, make sure you have a nominated sober driver or use taxis, because we take [the abuse of alcohol] very seriously particularly with motor vehicles and in public places,'' Ms Windle said.

''We are looking at preventing alcohol harm in the community and we'll be increasing our presence accordingly.''

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