Last night, the 20th of December, the Ministry of Transport breath tested 2,584 drivers in pursuit of drink driving offenders. Result? Zero – no cases found at all.
Yes – part of the reason a zero result turned up is likely to have been the incentives created by the fact that drivers “might” be screened. However it is equally likely – and road toll trends support the hypothesis – that the message has and is sinking in.
The cost of such a mission can only be guessed at. Given scarce resources a reasonable question becomes “is large scale breath testing an optimal use of the time, energy and funds.”