Police nab drug and alcohol affected drivers

WELLINGTON Highway Patrol officers were disappointed with driver behaviour at the weekend, with four people detected driving while alcohol or drug affected, two driving unregistered vehicles and two driving while unlicensed.

An alcohol and drug bus was in the shire last week, and began on a good note last Thursday in Sale, with no impaired drivers detected after about 740 people were tested.

However this turned to disappointment on Sunday in Rosedale, where an additional 750 drivers were tested.

Four drivers who were found to be drug or alcohol affected will be charged on summons, and another four drivers were issued penalty notices – two for driving unregistered vehicles and two for driving while unlicensed.

A 49-year-old Kilmany man driving with his children in the car had his vehicle impounded for 30 days, and will be charged on summons after he returned a positive drug test and was driving while disqualified.