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Mardi Gras drink drivers alarm police

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/06/2016
Police officers breath testing motorists © SNPA/Martin Hunter Police officers breath testing motorists

The number of people picked up for drink-driving over Ohakune's Mardi Gras weekend has alarmed police.

Nineteen people blew over the limit around the central North Island town. The worst was a driver who returned a reading of 691 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath. The legal limit is 250mcg.

The numbers were completely unacceptable, says Senior Sergeant Kris Burbery.

"We work very hard to keep the roads safe for all users and drivers who are prepared to take risks like this need to realise the consequences, they're putting theirs and other people's lives in jeopardy."

Twelve of the 19 were pulled over the morning after festivities.

"If drivers have been drinking heavily the night before, they shouldn't get behind the wheel the next morning," Snr Sgt Burbery said.

To make it worse, all of the 11 drivers who blew over the limit on Sunday morning were planning long drives in rough weather.

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