By Sergeant Graeme Wood, Waiuku Police
Well, local Police have been onto the Auckland Council Website, requested and downloaded permits for our vehicles to be on Karioitahi Beach.
It was a very simple process, easy to do, took a matter of a couple of minutes and I would encourage any of you that drive on the beach to do the same. They are free to do and valid for one year from date of downloading them.
I have spoken with and are to meet with the Council over the beach this week. If Police locate vehicles on the beach without the necessary permit, details of the driver will be forwarded to the Auckland Council and you could face sanctions including a fine.
I would remind you though that as I have previously said “The beach is a road and all road rules apply on the beach”. That means you need a driver’s licence, your vehicle should be registered and have a Warrant of Fitness, you must wear you seat belt or have a helmet on if on a motorbike. It also means you shouldn’t drink and drive on the beach and any bad driving behaviour on the beach will be treated exactly the same as if it occurred on any normal road, because “the beach is a road”.
With Labour Weekend here this weekend I would ask that if you are going away you secure your property.
Make sure your house is fully locked and secure, all windows and doors are shut and locked, this includes any sheds or separate garages. Lock away any items, such as ladders and furniture, that a burglar could use to break into your house.
Arrange for friends, family or neighbours to keep an eye on your property and leave them your contact details just in case something does happen
If you are travelling away on the roads drive safely, don’t take unnecessary risks, share the driving or have regular breaks when driving. Remember it’s not how long it takes to get there and back, it is getting there and back safely that really counts.
Have a great Labour Weekend and as I write this I hope we take care of the French and will all be supporting the All Blacks in the semi-finals as well.
Go the All Blacks.