10 Sep 2010

Police turning heat on alcohol-related crime again

3:31 pm on 10 September 2010

Police in Australia and New Zealand will take part in a second joint operation targeting alcohol-related crime on Saturday night.

The first Operation Unite, in December last year, resulted in 985 arrests in this country for crimes such as drink-driving, breaches of liquor bans and alcohol-fuelled assaults.

All 12 New Zealand police districts will take part in the operation, although Canterbury's involvement will be reduced because of the earthquake.

Police say they aren't pretending that a one-night operation will put an end to alcohol-related crime but hope it will encourage people to take greater responsibility for their behaviour.