Introduction of lower alcohol drive limits not responsible for conviction drop

It’s a pleasing trend, but clearly there is no “bump” due to the limits having been tightened. 

The number of people caught driving drunk is continuing to plummet according to latest figures.

Convictions for drink-driving, or refusing to supply a sample, have decreased steadily in the country’s 64 district courts between 2009 and 2015, according to information released under by the Justice Ministry under the Official Information Act.

In the 2014/15 year there were 18,062 people convicted; a more than 14 per cent drop on the 21,107 in the previous year and a whopping 40 per cent drop since 09/10.

Road policing national operations manager Inspector Peter McKennie acknowledged the latest reduction was partly due to the fact there were nearly half a million fewer breath tests carried out. But the 2,555,957 tests carried out last year was similar to the 2,548,469 carried out in 2010/11, when there was a much higher number of convictions.

“The key is to look at it over a number of years and we are seeing a steady trend downwards. Drink driving is more socially unacceptable. As always police can do so much in terms of publicity and education, but at the end of the day it’s about getting road users to improve their attitudes and behaviours. And I think that’s working,” McKennie said.   Read more »

Nothing short of child abuse

It beggars belief how some people manage to drag their kids up.

A feral scumbag has been caught drink driving, evading Police, and driving dangerously with four kids in the car. She was four times over the legal limit.

That is child abuse.

The actions of a drunk woman driving four kids who allegedly dodged a breath-testing checkpoint, leading a high-speed police chase in Taranaki have “shocked” officers.

Taranaki police have charged the 28-year-old Hawera woman with ill-treatment of the children, along with dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, and excess breath alcohol charges.

Police said they used two patrol cars to stop a driver fleeing an alcohol-testing check point at high speed late on Friday evening.

They were “shocked” to find four children aged between four to 14 riding passenger, Sergeant Pat Duffy, of the Taranaki Traffic Alcohol Group, said.    Read more »

I am not using the word Feral



The grim bumper sticker on the wrecked car from a crash that killed back-seat passenger Jesse Uncles, 21, on August 8 near Clive.-Stuff It quotes Paul Walker who was killed in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives

I am not going to use the word Feral to describe what happened in the below news story. The words I will use are these…

  • Waste of life
  • Tragedy
  • Why?
  • Death is not a joke
  • shocked
  • Stupidity of youth
  • suffering
  • risk taking
  • danger

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The working poor

Working families are the biggest group to be affected by poverty according to recent figures.

Ten years ago 85% of clients at Mangere Budgeting Services were beneficiaries – today only 37% are – the rest are working families.

Chief Executive Darryl Evans says many working families simply aren’t earning enough to pay for food, rent and bills.

“There is no overtime for the most part now so people are really surviving on the 35-40 hour week and then having to go to foodbanks or social agencies like ourselves to ask for assistance”.

She says there are many myths around poverty and irresponsible spending but the reality is quite different.

“We need to as a nation focus on the fact this is about the wellbeing of our youngest citizens – when they do well we all do well.”

Figures analysed from the latest Household Expenditure Survey show low income and beneficiary households spend less on alcohol and a greater percentage of their income on food than high income households.

If it was only just alcohol.  There are so many other ways a family can come off the rails.  Shopping trucks, car payments, gambling, poor food choices (takeaways), hire purchase and ballooning credit card interest just to mention a few.

Loaves of bread are now $1 each.  Apples are on special at $0.99 a kilo.  Rolled oats and Weetbix make for very healthy, filling and cost effective solutions.  Rice, potatoes and pasta are extremely cheap when purchased in bulk and when on special.  Buy fruit and veges as they are plentiful in the season.  Frozen mixed veges have been tested and declared to have the same nutritional value as fresh.

You can eat cheaply if you need to.  These people will still be making poor choices, even though the advisory service says that alcohol is less of a factor these days.   That’s good news, but alcohol never was the only reason people are terrible at spending money wisely.


– One News

Why is Auckland Council considering a ban on liquor sales when the law already prohibits it

The Auckland Council is considering restricting sales of alcohol near schools and preventing sales during home time between 3pm and 4pm.

Bottle shops and supermarkets near some Auckland schools may have to stop selling alcohol between 3pm and 4pm each day.

A five-member council panel wants district licensing committees to have discretion to ban sales near primary and secondary schools when considering applications for new or renewed off-licences.

That is among recommendations determined on Friday for a new local alcohol policy to be considered by all Auckland Council members in May, before a 30-day period for any of more than 2600 submitters to lodge appeals with the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority.


The law already prohibits sales to minors under 18 years of  age…so store can’t sell to them anyway.

Is there a massive problem with primary school kids buying piss at bottle stores after school?

Where is the evidence that this is even a problem?    Read more »

Fat bastards could lose benefits in UK, what a great policy

David Cameron says UK taxpayers shouldn’t have to “fund the benefits” of fatties or drug and alcohol addicts who refuse treatment that could help them get back into employment.

Obese people could have their benefits stripped if they refuse treatment in a bid to ensure they can lead a “fulfilling life”, David Cameron has said.

A Conservative government will attempt to ensure that tens of thousands of people who claim welfare on the grounds of obesity, drug or alcohol addiction are “incentivised” to go back to work, the Prime Minister said.

Mr Cameron said that taxpayers should no longer “fund the benefits” of people who refuse to accept the treatment that could help them get back into employment.

He has asked Professor Dame Carol Black, a senior Government adviser of health, to conduct a review into how best to get people with treatable conditions back into work.

The review will focus on how to incentivise the people to get back to work and consider whether their benefits should be stopped if they refuse treatment.

Currently, almost 100,000 people are claiming sickness benefits because they say they are suffering from conditions such as drug or alcohol addiction, or obesity.

However, there is no requirement for such people to undertake treatment, meaning it is possible to claim without making efforts at recovery.

Of the 2.5 million claiming sickness benefits, around 1.5 million have been claiming for more than 5 years.  Read more »

BG2: Addictions

I was going to write about the health benefits of fasting, but something else has triggered this article. It is on alcoholism, but addictions in general.

To this day, I still tell people that I was never an alcoholic. Yes, I loved to drink; yes, I would have experienced “blackout” nights more times than I could count, but I still stopped, without the help of AA, so therefore, I’m not an alcoholic.

I am only now starting to understand that at the age of 27 I had been drinking heavily for seven years and that drinking was causing me to have panic attacks and lose friends. Worst of all it was jeopardising my relationship with my boyfriend – the most important person in my life.

I will never forget the feeling I experienced on February 9, 2014, the day I took my last drink. I was on my third day of a three-day bender and I was feeling utterly exhausted and powerless. I was sick and tired of being “that girl” who drank too much at work functions, sick and tired of waking up without my phone and having no idea what happened the night before, sick and tired of embarrassing my friends, family and loved ones. Most of all, I was sick and tired of my attempts at drinking in moderation, which usually resulted in my biggest nights out.

Enough was enough. I made the decision, not one drop of alcohol was ever going to pass my lips again.

What followed were 9 months of a battle of wills between her body and her willpower.   Read more »

HPA wowsers at it again

The Taxpayers’ Union have released documents yesterday showing the wowsers over at the Health Promotions Agency have spent up $1.2 million on their batshit crazy No Beersies campaign.

“The Taxpayers’ Union had feedback that the ‘Not Beersies’ ads were making people thirsty for beer. Some participants in the Agency’s own focus groups said the same – that the ads encouraged drinking or were confusing.”

And encouraging kids to have a few handles too by the looks of this picture.


“The documents show that the campaign had the least positive impact on entrenched, high-risk drinkers, and instead targets those least likely to face harm from alcohol consumption. The HPA spent at least $1.2 million on the campaign, but has refused to say how much taxpayers paid in advertising agency fees. It also shows that the HPA conducts no cost benefit analysis on its campaign.

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Speeding and alcohol, yet more than a little over the limit

Police are stunned a woman who was almost five times over the drink-driving limit – and speeding – did not kill anyone.

Yeah.  That doesn’t fit the narrative, does it?  Speeding and drinking and she didn’t kill herself and others.

Constable Tim Shearer, of Waimate, said police had been alerted to a vehicle driving dangerously after receiving a *555 call.

The Timaru woman, 43, was stopped by police doing 149kmh at 4.15pm on State Highway 1, about 40km south of Timaru.

It was “scary” the woman was on SH1, Shearer said.

“I received the complaint and went looking for her and then she drove past me at 149kmh. I turned around, chased her and caught up. And when I pulled her over she was smashed,” Shearer said.

The woman blew 1201mcg in an alcohol breath test.

Surely she had killed someone?  149 km/h?   And blind drunk?   Read more »

Someone actually researched getting birds pissed

I’m surprised this wasn’t funded by Callaghan Innovation, it seems the sort of thing they like funding…or perhaps it is more the Marsden Fund’s bag.

Anyway, someone has actually researched getting birds pissed.

Here was me thinking all it took was a few glasses of bubbles.

Researchers conduct all sorts of strange experiments in the name of science, from studying the slipperiness of banana peels to looking at how dogs orient their bodies when they poop.

And now, in the latest example of strange science, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland got some finches drunk and watched what happened.

Their main finding? Like drunk humans, boozed-up birds slur their “speech.”

For the study, the researchers gave grape juice to one group of zebra finches and an alcoholic juice cocktail to another group. The cocktail-quaffing finches became somewhat inebriated, with blood alcohol levels of 0.05 percent to 0.08 percent, according to NPR.   Read more »