19 Oct 2008

Fewer drunk-drivers on South Auckland's roads say police

8:47 am on 19 October 2008

The police in South Auckland say there's been a reduction in the number of drink-drivers on the roads.

A weekend blitz saw nearly 8,500 cars stopped in the area. Tests found 164 drivers were over the legal alcohol limit, about half the number of the previous crackdown in June.

Road policing manager, Heather Wells, says it's pleasing the numbers are decreasing but unacceptable that there's so many drink-drivers on the roads.

Sixty-seven search warrants were also carried out at the police checkpoints for outstanding fines totalling nearly $90,000, of which $7,200 was paid instantly.

Fifty-three cars were seized and nine people were arrested for a variety of offences.