Police’s holiday advice
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.’’