Another busy week for local Police
Later that morning a 15 year old youth was located and spoken to. He has since been charged with numerous unlawful taking of motor vehicles, attempted unlawful takings, burglary, assault, wilful damage and been remanded in Child Youth and Family custody. A number of other youths are to be spoken to in relation to the recent spate of stolen or broken into cars around town.
You will be aware from a recent article in the paper that vehicles now require a permit to driven on Karioitahi Beach. This was a surprise to local Police as it was to most locals. These permits can be obtained online at the Auckland Council website or attending one of their offices. They are free and are valid for a year. At this time, I have not been able to establish what the penalty is for driving on the beach without such a permit, but I will advise you once the Council advise me.
What I would say is the beach is a road and all the rules that apply to driving on the road will still apply to driving on the beach. So you could be fined for having no Warrant of Fitness, not wearing your seatbelt or speeding on the beach. You can be charged driving in a dangerous or reckless manner and as one person from Papakura found out last week, you can also be processed for drink driving on the beach.
If you witness poor or dangerous driving behaviour on the beach record details of the vehicle, i.e registration number, description of the driver or if possible take a picture with your phone and report the matter to Police.
If the driving behaviour is a risk to public safety at the time, contact Police immediately.
This year leading into summer, Police will be undertaking various actions targeting both the beach and people travelling to and from it to ensure the safety of all people that use it.