Drink-drive blitz nets 45

Forty-five drivers are facing court judgement after being nabbed during a drink driving blitz over the weekend.

Operation Jackson checked more than 5000 drivers on Friday and Saturday nights.

The combined mission is carried out prior to the summer months each year and is designed to saturate areas to encourage the anti-drink driving message.

Officer in charge Sergeant Grant Houston, of the Waikato Traffic Alcohol Group, said about 40 staff were involved in the combined operation.

On Friday night, Waikato staff travelled to Taupo and Tauranga while on Saturday night Bay of Plenty officers conducted a number of alcohol checkpoints in and around Hamilton.

"Disappointingly, despite officers setting up their checkpoints during daylight hours as a deterrent, of the 5140 drivers stopped 45 are now facing court action or awaiting the results of blood tests for excess breath or blood alcohol.’’

Mr Houston said eight drivers had their licences suspended for returning breath alcohol results over 650mgms, the legal alcohol limit for a fully licensed driver is 400mgms.

In Hamilton, Mr Houston said it was sad to see such a high number of drink drivers, including one 17-year-old female who  blew 767mgm in Hamilton [legal alcohol limit for under 20 is zero]. 

Eight other drivers blew in excess of 650mgm and had their driver’s licences suspended as a result.

Another concerning trend for police was young or inexperienced drivers ignoring the restrictions of their graduated driver’s licences.

"The night before the operation began we saw a disqualified learner driver die in a high speed crash on Old Taupiri Rd that left four people injured, one of them critically. 

"During the course of Friday and Saturday nights several young drivers were found out driving after 10pm, often carrying passengers.’’


Saturday, November 17

Compulsory breath tests  3187 

Excess breath alcohol 18

Blood tests 5 

Licence suspensions 9

Drug test 1

Arrest 3 [1 possession of Cannabis, 1 resisting arrest, 1 theft of a police sniffer)


Friday, November 16

364 CBT


2 Blood tests

4 Licence

1 Arrest


1589 CBT 

12 EBA 

2 Blood tests

4 Licence suspensions 

Totals for the 2 nights

CBT 5140

EBA 36

Blood Tests 9

Licence suspensions 17

Arrests 6

Drug test 1

Waikato Times