21 Mar 2010

Scores caught in drink-driving blitz on North Shore

8:09 am on 21 March 2010

Sixty-nine people have been caught drink-driving in a blitz in the Auckland suburb of North Shore at the weekend.

The operation was one in a series of what police call "lockdowns" that swamp specific locations with breath-testing sites.

Police stopped almost 9,000 drivers at 16 checkpoints on Friday and Saturday night and say seven drivers who had excess breath-alcohol limits were aged under 20.

Police say the ratio of drivers over the legal limit has increased from previous operations and more drink-driving lockdowns are being planned for the area.