Central District motorists get the message – Operation Ethos

Central District Police are delighted that of the thousands of motorists arrested during Operation Ethos yesterday, none were driving while intoxicated.

Officers were stationed at checkpoints throughout the district on Wednesday August 2 as part of the ongoing operation to reduce damage to our Central District roads.

A total of 8,157 vehicles stopped to speak to police and take a blood alcohol test.

In Manawatu 2716 vehicles were stopped, 3635 in the Taranaki region and 1806 in Whanganui.

Seventy offense notices were issued to drivers for driver behavior offenses such as not wearing seat belts, using a cell phone while driving and reckless driving.

Two drivers were banned from driving for license violations and two disqualified drivers were apprehended.

Overall, we are really happy with our community, especially since there have been no drivers arrested for over the blood alcohol limit.

We recognize the value of the presence of police personnel in the community to keep everyone safe on our roads and we appreciate the support and positive feedback from members of our community.

Police will continue Operation Ethos across the district over the coming months, to ensure the safety of all road users. Members of the public should expect to see us and be arrested at any time.

However, there is not much we can do and we want to remind the public that you have a responsibility to yourself, your passengers and other road users every time you get behind the wheel.

This means wearing your seatbelt, not driving while impaired, not using your phone while driving, and obeying conditions and speed limits.

We will continue to reiterate this message through our continued community engagement during this operation and by taking all necessary enforcement actions.

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