18 Sep 2015

Police to crack down on tired and drunk drivers during RWC

7:43 am on 18 September 2015

New Zealand police will increase their presence during the Rugby World Cup, in an attempt to prevent tired and drunk fans from getting behind the wheel.

Superintendent Steve Greally - the national manager of road policing - said the number of patrols and checkpoints would increase during the six weeks of the tournament .

He has urged rugby fans to be responsible on the roads, and with their drink.

"What we are really wanting people to do is make sure they're making the right decisions, that they don't drink and drive and have somebody who is not fatigued to drive them home. Some of these matches will be finishing around the time our young ones are going to school, and when you've got people who could be fatigued or intoxicated, that's potentially disastrous."

Mr Greally said motorists could expect to be breathalysed and officers will be out in unmarked cars.