New Zealand Police has just taken delivery of two new 'super-sized' booze buses which are expected to be in operation on the Auckland streets this week. The buses, built in Australia, are intended to supplement the existing stock. They provide state-of-the-art technology, safer and more spacious work areas and an eye-catching new livery.
The new livery, funded by ACC as part of its on-going campaign to reduce the amount of injury caused by drink drivers will leave drivers in no doubt about the purpose of the buses.
"New Zealanders are currently spending around fifty million dollars every year on alcohol-related crashes. People are getting hurt needlessly and it's costing them, and the country dearly," says ACC Injury Prevention Programme Manager Phil Wright.
"By supporting Police, and the booze buses, we're working to reduce the number of people hurt by drunk drivers."
The buses costing about $236,000 each, join the 19 booze buses already in operation around the country. The new buses are considerably bigger, (1.9 metres longer than the 11 smaller buses deployed in 2005) and provide more room for operational staff to work in.
Police National Manager for Road Policing, Superintendent Paula Rose said the buses would be an important element in New Zealand Police's range of deterrents against drink driving. For the first time in New Zealand, the buses will also provide an opportunity for Police to test and process drugged drivers.
"We have been using booze buses in our fight against drink driving for a number of years", she said, "but the new vehicles take this to a whole new level. They are considerably more sophisticated and efficient. They also provide a more comfortable and safe environment for the Road Policing staff who work in them."
Superintendent Paula Rose, who has recently taken up her appointment as National Manager - Road Policing has a particular interest in ensuring New Zealand Police make the best possible use of any technology available internationally.
"We are always keeping an eye on new developments and there are a range of new technologies that New Zealand Police will be exploring, "she said today.
"I want to ensure that on my watch, we make use of every strategy we can, high tech, low tech and good old-fashioned policing, to make the roads safer. There are still new things we can do and I am determined to make sure that we keep an open mind about all the options."
"Road Policing has made a real difference to the way New Zealanders drive and the safety of our roads, and I want to ensure that we keep on making a difference."