Police Report By Sergeant Graeme Wood, Waiuku Police

Some of you may have noticed the increased police presence focussing on traffic around town.
So expect to see more police doing checkpoints checking for alcohol, monitoring speed and driving behaviour around town. This is all part of ensuring that all road users are safe leading into the festive season.
If, during the lead up to the festive season, you are attending a get together or function, make sure you have a plan to get home safely. Have a sober driver, get picked up or arrange a lift home so you don’t have to run the risk of driving.
We have recently had some very serious and fatal crashes in the Counties South area, and we don’t want any more.
You don’t want to be running the risk of endangering yourself, your passengers or other road users, so have a plan so you and the police don’t have some form of an unfortunate meeting on your way home.
We have also, in recent weeks, being doing vehicle checkpoints, targeting beach users, reminding them of the rules around driving on the beach and expect this to continue as well.

Ex p e c t i f you’re stopped at one of these checkpoints to be breath tested, regardless of the time of day.
We have recently had several incidents of tagging or etching (scratching of windows) around town. If you see anyone doing this let the Police know immediately, it is nothing but vandalism and lowers the tone of the town. It causes schools, businesses, home owners and the Council to spend money that could be spent elsewhere to remove it or repair the damage. Be safe.
Cheers Woody.
Information can be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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