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Trans-Tasman blitz to target drinking

Friday 7 Dec 2012 11:13 a.m.

Around a quarter of traffic offences involve alcohol  (file)

Around a quarter of traffic offences involve alcohol (file)

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Police are planning a trans-Tasman blitz on alcohol-fuelled crime at the weekend.

New Zealand and Australian police have joined forces for Operation Unite, which targets drunk driving, underage drinking and alcohol-related violence over the weekend.

It will involve overt and covert licensing operations, random breath testing, dog squads, additional police patrols and, in Australia, mounted police.

"The impacts of alcohol related offending accounts for almost 20 percent of the police budget," national road policing manager Superintendent Carey Griffiths says.

They include a quarter of traffic offences, 20 percent of crashes, 50 percent of serious violence cases and a third of family violence cases.

"That has to change," Supt Griffiths said.

The operation runs from 6am today to 6pm on Sunday.



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