Wakatipu High has potent message for drink-drivers

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Kids from Wakatipu High are staging a week-long campaign in Queenstown to hammer home the dangers of drink-driving. 

About 100 students will take part in a dramatic public display starting at the Village Green at 4pm tomorrow (Wed, Aug 11) to highlight the number of lives affected by a person who drinks, drives and crashes. 

A committee of 17 has been working hard on activities organised at the school and around town as part of a national drink-driving awareness week, Stef Grant, spokesperson for Waka High group Students Against Driving Drunk, says. 

Nearly 30 per cent of all injury crashes in the Queenstown Lakes region in 2008-09 involved drivers affected by alcohol. Additionally, more than 800 drivers were issued with infringement notices by police for driving under the influence. 

“This is not acceptable,” Grant adds.