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This Auckland girl’s heartwarming letter to police made their day

What was an initially a scary experience turned out to be a life lesson for the young girl.

A young girl's letter to Auckland Police who were manning a drink-driving checkpoint in the cold is warming hearts around New Zealand.

In the handwritten note, which was shared by Auckland Police on their Instagram account, Madison recounts how she felt scared when her mother was stopped by police and breath-tested.

She says her mum explained to her that the checkpoint was a good thing.

"My mum told me that you are catching the drunk people."

Madison goes on to praise the police officers for "helping everybody" and tell them that a few weeks ago her dad was "crashed into by a drunk lady. Lucky he was ok!" She signs off thanking them for "standing out in the cold".

Since sharing the post, Madison's sentiments have been echoed by members of the public.

"What an amazing letter I agree thank you @newzealandpolice for standing out in the cold and catching all the drunk people driving," said one commenter.

The organisation NESA which helps victims of drink driving and their families also praised Madison for her letter.

"Amazing letter. Madison our organization was created for you in mind so that you can live in a world free of drink driving. If you get in touch with us, we would love to send you a gift to say thanks for your beautiful letter to the police."

New Zealand Police have written back to Madison thanking her for her kind words.

In 2017, 511 adults were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances in New Zealand.

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a high contributing factor to crashes that result in serious injury or death.