Nelson drivers making good choices

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Police in Nelson Bays were out on the roads in force on Friday making sure drivers weren’t letting Christmas festivities affect their driving.

From midday Friday until 2 am Saturday 1000 vehicles were stopped. Of those, three drivers were found to be over the legal alcohol limit. A further 50 infringement notices were issued, one vehicle was impounded and one driver had their license suspended.

Tasman Traffic Alcohol Group Acting Sergeant Darren Bryce said from what he saw the vast majority of drivers were making good choices and planning ahead to have a sober driver or catch a taxi if they were out drinking.

“We had very positive feedback from the people we stopped. I think the public of Nelson understand the job we are doing is all about saving lives and getting people home safely.”

Acting Sergeant Bryce said over the holiday season drivers could expect to be stopped and breath tested at any time of the day or night. He also warned drivers that they needed to allow sufficient time for alcohol to filter through their system after a big night out.

“We recommend a 12-hour break since your last drink before getting behind the wheel.”