Po­lice’s hol­i­day ad­vice

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Fam­ily violence, safety at home and be­ing sen­si­ble on the road are the key mes­sages from Porirua’s top po­lice­man th­ese hol­i­days.

Paul Basham, Kapiti Mana Po­lice’s area com­man­der, said his staff would be work­ing hard to en­sure res­i­dents from Lin­den to Peka Peka had a safe Christ­mas.

He said the tol­er­ance for driv­ers was 4kmh over the posted speed limit in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary. Po­lice of­ten saw the harm that speed could cause, he said.

‘‘While we are the thin blue line en­forc­ing the speed limit, it is an even thin­ner white line of paint that sep­a­rates one driver from an­other,’’ he said.

‘‘We have a duty to do all we can to make our roads as safe as pos­si­ble and if that means be­ing some­what un­pop­u­lar when we write a ticket, we know that peo­ple’s driv­ing be­hav­iours will change, even if just for a while.’’

Basham said al­co­hol-re­lated in­ci­dents could spike around Christ­mas, so he urged res­i­dents to drink re­spon­si­bly.

Fam­ily violence was also some­thing that un­for­tu­nately rose its ugly head this time of year, he said.

‘‘If you are in a re­la­tion­ship where you feel un­safe, give your­self a gift this Christ­mas and ask for help. If you have con­cerns about a fam­ily mem­ber, do not ig­nore that gut feel­ing – have the courage to speak up and ask them if they’re OK.’’

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