7 out of 4000 stopped to face DUI charges

7 out of 4000 stopped to face DUI charges

After police stopped nearly 4000 drivers at checkpoints in Wellington and Counties-Manukau only seven face drink-driving charges.

"We're very pleased that drivers appear to be doing the right thing," said Superintendent Steve Greally, the national manager of road policing.

With pre-Christmas parties and other festivities in full swing, Supt Greally says it’s the perfect time of year to look out for friends and family and remind them to make good choices when they are out socialising.

Police say because the road toll can sometimes increase over holiday periods, they will be cracking down extra hard on speed and drink driving.

"We will maintain our vigilance on the roads over the summer and we re-emphasise that if you are drinking, then don't drive," says Supt Greally.

Three drivers in Wellington and four in Counties-Manukau will be charged with drink-driving after the blitz on last night.

A further three in each district were issued with infringement notices.

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