Cops keep close eye on Mardi Gras

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 13:30 26/06/2014

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Ohakune Police are warning party goers they will be keeping close watch at this weekend's Ohakune Mardi Gras.

The annual Ohakune Mardi Gras takes place on Saturday and a liquor ban is in place throughout the township.

Central District Road Policing Manager Inspector Dave White said while most people make good choices and have plans to get to and from the event, there were a small number who didn't consider how the alcohol they've consumed the night before will affect them on the drive home.

There will be a road policing operation, utilising the traffic alcohol group and highway patrol in place in the area from Friday.

''It is no secret that officers will be on the main roads through Ohakune and motorists should expect to be breath-tested.

"If you are found to have excess breath alcohol you will face serious consequences."

Last year, 5,000 people attended the event and 20 people were arrested.

The arrests were for breach of the liquor ban, and disorderly behaviour.

A further 11 people were processed for driving with excess breath alcohol.

Police wanted event goers to have fun, but their decision making would affect what kind of time they had at the Mardi Gras, White said.

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