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Thousands tested in drink-drive blitz

Thousands have been tested and a number charged in a region-wide drink-driving blitz at the start of the long weekend.

Acting Wellington Road Policing Manager, Senior Sergeant Matt Fitzgerald, confirmed the operation took place on Friday, January 20, as people geared up for Wellington Anniversary weekend.

“About 2,100 motorists were tested for excess breath alcohol during a road policing operation in Martinborough, Greytown and Masterton,” Fitzgerald said.

As a result of the tests, seven drivers were processed for excess breath alcohol and received either an infringement notice or summonsed to court.

He said operations of this sort were likely to continue.

“Police will be maintaining a highly visible presence in the Wairarapa community, and motorists can expect to see Police patrols anytime, anywhere.

“The most important message Police want to convey to motorists is really simple: don’t risk your life and that of others by driving while impaired in any way,” he said.

“Our officers will be out in force to deter unsafe driving behaviour.”

Fitzgerald reinforced the message that the community has a responsibility to ensure safe driving at all times.

“Getting behind the wheel after drinking is a risk not worth taking,” he said.

“If you are going to drink, plan how you’re going to get home before you head out, so you avoid making a bad decision later.

“Get a mate to drive or someone to pick you up, or grab a taxi, ride share, or take public transport. There is always an alternative to drink driving.”

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