Mum drink drives with kids

21:08, Aug 13 2012

A 29-year-old Te Kauwhata woman was caught driving at two-and-a-half times the legal limit with her two children and grandfather in the car.

The woman was first spotted by motorists swerving in its lane as it headed north on State Highway 1 at Horotiu late on Friday afternoon and one of nine drunk drivers stopped during a two day police operation.

Officer in charge of the Huntly Strategic Traffic Unit, Sergeant Juliet Burgess said the car was stopped in Ngaruawahia where it was found the 29-year-old Te Kauwhata female driver had a learner licence and was already wanted by police for service of a demerit point license suspension.

"The woman returned a breath alcohol reading of 1007mgms. The officer who stopped her was appalled to find two children, aged three and five- years-old, sitting unrestrained in the back seat. A man sitting in the front passenger seat had also been drinking but he also had the presence of mind to have his seatbelt on.

"As a police officer I have to ask where people's minds are at when they can drink heavily but still have the presence of mind to put their seat belts on but give no thought to the risks posed to the children in the back left unrestrained while being driven by a drunk driver."

Ms Burgess said the member of the public who phoned *555 and advising police, prevented a potential tragedy.


"Friday afternoon's incident is a situation where other, older family members allowed young children to be put at risk. Keeping people safe from the risks posed by drinking and driving isn't just the responsibility of the Police, it's the responsibility of all of the community to send a message that drinking and driving is not OK." 

Ms Burgess said of the nine drivers found over the limit during the operation in Huntly and Ngaruawahia on Friday and Saturday, seven were women.

"The highest reading was from a 32-year-old Ngaruawahia student whose car collided with a parked trailer. She drove off and was located by police at an Old Taupiri Rd address, when breathalysed she returned a breath alcohol result of 1108mgms."


Waikato Times