Police pass mark for drivers

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 05:00 18/08/2014
timaru police check booze bus
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QUICK CHECK: A Christchurch police roading team was patrolling the streets of Timaru during the weekend.

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South Canterbury drivers can pat themselves on the back, according to Christchurch police who were operating here over the weekend.

Nine Christchurch roading unit police officers were based in Timaru from Friday night to yesterday in a roading campaign with both the "booze bus" and undercover cars.

Sergeant Jon Harris said that he was impressed with the level of compliance with drivers in the region.

"We did about 1600 stops over six different checkpoints in urban Timaru on Friday and Saturday night and only 20 infringements, which is really quiet.

"No-one was over the breath alcohol limit," he said.

A few blew between the 250mg and 400mg range, Harris said.

In December the law would change and anyone who was driving with an excess breath alcohol limit between 250mg and 400mg would be given an infringement notice, a fine and a loss of 50 demerit points, he said.

"Those drivers were provided with some food for thought.

"We gave them pamphlets and a quick chat about the changes about to come," he said.

Meanwhile the infringements that were issued were due to licences not being on the driver, no current registrations or warrants of fitness.

"Drive compliance in Timaru was high and the people were all pretty friendly."

However, Harris said the highlight for the weekend was when they attracted the attention of young rugby club players.

"They were at the top of the flyover on Church St and were very entertained by us and entertaining for about half an hour," he said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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