20 Aug 2011

Group questions checkpoints targetting under-20s

8:13 am on 20 August 2011

A youth sector organisation says young people it works with are questioning the efficacy of a police education campaign aimed at preventing car accidents among young drivers.

Police in the Wellington region have been targeting secondary school pupils at lunchtime checkpoints this month, to educate them about the new zero breath alcohol limit for drivers under the age of 20.

The police say no student has tested positive so far.

The executive officer of Ara Taiohi, Sonya Hogan, says young people are telling her that high-risk drivers are probably wagging school and will avoid the lunchtime checkpoints.

She says the young people also feel that by targeting schools, police resources are being taken away from areas of greater need.

The checkpoints have been set up near secondary schools in Wairarapa, Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Wellington, Kapiti and Otaki over the past two weeks.