Drink driving and street racing rampant in Hawke's Bay following Cyclone Gabrielle - police

  • 28/02/2023
Hawke's Bay Police have impounded 41 cars in one week.
Hawke's Bay Police have impounded 41 cars in one week. Photo credit: Getty Images

Police have impounded an increased number of cars for drink driving and street racing in Hawke's Bay not long after Cyclone Gabrielle caused destruction in the region.

Hawke's Bay Police have impounded 41 cars in one week, compared to 25 in a normal week.

Police impounded the cars between February 17 and February 23, 18 of which were for anti-social behaviours (street racing) and 23 for alcohol or driver licensing offences.

"We can almost certainly attribute the increase in impounded cars to the increased police presence on our roads and in our communities," Eastern District road policing manager Inspector Matt Broderick said in a statement.

"Many of our roads have been severely impacted by the cyclone, and people are focussed on the clean-up and recovery.

"Removing vehicles and drivers who pose a risk to others, particularly at this time, is an important part of our focus to keep people safe.

"We understand that people are facing really difficult circumstances right now, however, we cannot condone getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking."

Insp Broderick urges people that if they are in doubt about whether or not they are safe or legal to drive, don't do it.

He said motorists can expect to be stopped anywhere, anytime and will be breath tested.  

"We will continue to have a highly visible presence on our roads, especially while we recover from the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle," Insp Broderick said.

"We urge anyone who sees any concerning driving behaviour to report it to Police immediately.

"We continue to encourage people to only undertake necessary travel and thank the public for their cooperation on this.

"If you do need to travel, we urge drivers to keep their speed down, drive to the conditions and allow plenty of time for your journey."

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