Youth Collaborate With Police to Promote Road Safety

Hurunui Booze Bus

The Hurunui Youth Council, Students Against Dangerous Driving (SADD) and local police have come together to carry out a successful breath testing checkpoint.

Last Friday the Canterbury Traffic Alcohol Group (Booze Bus) hosted Youth Council and SADD members on a one hour breath testing checkpoint of drivers travelling through Waikari on SH7.

The young students were briefed at the start of the shift and were each buddied up with an officer. They worked the line of drivers, thanking them for driving sober and handed out goodie bags along the way.

Council Road Safety Coordinator Krystal Jennings says the successful partnership came about after a meeting with current and potential SADD members from Hurunui College, where the idea of a collaboration was raised. 

“A goal of both the Road Safety Committee and Youth Council is to support the re-emergence of active SADD committees in our three area schools, and we saw the checkpoint as a great way to promote this.

“I’d like to thank Waikari-based policeman Sergeant Rob Ellis who was instrumental in helping us set up the checkpoint.  This was an invaluable opportunity for our youth to gain frontline road safety experience and we are incredibly grateful to the local police for this,” says Krystal.

As a result of the checkpoint 181 drivers were breath tested.  Of these, only one driver was taken onto the booze bus however they eventually came in under the permitted blood-alcohol level. 

Hurunui College student, Bradley White, says being part of a police checkpoint was an experience he won’t forget.

“It was fantastic for us to see how much hard work goes into making our roads safe and I hope Hurunui students get more exposure to experiences like this.”

The checkpoint was so successful that the police’s Traffic Alcohol Group have invited Hurunui students to join them again on a Booze Bus shift in the coming months.