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Police pleased with Nelson’s first Bay Dreams

Tasman and Canterbury Police road policing operation at Bay Dreams festival.

Police are pleased with results of an alcohol/impairment operation conducted in Nelson Bays during the Bay Dreams festival.

Canterbury and Tasman District Police Impairment Prevention Teams have been at checkpoints over the past three days conducting compulsory breath testing and impairment checks.

Officers were focused on people attending the Bay Dreams events, and their travel to and from the festival.

Over this time, more than 4000 drivers were breath tested.

One faces court action, with five others being issued with Traffic Infringement notices for excess breath alcohol.

These people were given a $200 fine, 50 demerit points, and were forbidden to drive for 12 hours.

“The results have been really pleasing, with the vast majority of attendees having a plan in place to get home safely after the event, utilising parents, sober drivers, walking, and alternative transport such as buses and taxis," says Senior Sergeant Grant Andrews, Team Leader Tasman Road Policing.

“It was great to see so many people enjoying the summer weather while taking their travel and safety, and that of others, so seriously.”

The roads in the region are extremely busy with a large number of these people returning to their home towns over the coming days.

Police want to remind them, and everyone on our roads, to turn off their cellphones while driving, ensure everyone in the vehicle is wearing their seatbelt, and drive to the conditions – avoid distractions and alcohol, and drive at safe speeds.

“We want you to have had a safe and memorable time in Nelson Bays for all the right reasons,”says Grant.

Promoters confirmed last year that Bay Dreams, which was held on January 2 in the Bay of Plenty for the last three years, was getting a sister festival in sunny Nelson, on January 4.

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