Central District Police Thank Motorists – Operation Ethos

The Central District Police would like to thank the thousands of motorists who engaged with us during Operation Ethos yesterday.

Despite the bad weather, more than 6,000 drivers rolled down their windows to talk to us and take a breathalyzer test.

More than 100 police were involved at Ruapehu, Whanganui, Tararua, Horowhenua, Manawatū and Taranaki checkpoints between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

While most results were satisfactory, we were disappointed to find motorists above the legal limit – some mid-morning.

One person in New Plymouth returned a result over three times the legal limit – and was traveling with young children at the time.

This was extremely concerning and this individual, along with at least five others, will be appearing in our courts in the coming weeks.

Police have also issued offense notices for those found non-compliant with other requirements, including driving without restraint or driving non-compliant vehicles.

Reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads is not just a police responsibility – it is a community-wide issue for which we all must take responsibility.

There is not much the police can do, and through this operation and our interactions with our community, we will get this message across and take any necessary enforcement action.

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