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Novem­ber 11-13

Three quad bikes were stolen from prop­er­ties in ru­ral ar­eas in­clud­ing from Tai­hoa South Rd, Tower Rd and State High­way 27 some­time be­tween 3am and 6am. Mata­mata po­lice ask any­one who is around at those times of night, like milk tanker driv­ers, to keep an eye out for sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity such as quads be­ing driven around or on trail­ers. ‘‘Ba­si­cally any­thing where they are not be­ing used be­hind cows,’’ Sergeant Craig Thorne said.

Mata­mata po­lice are seek­ing a wanted man by the name of Nathan But­ler.

The 19-year-old Euro­pean is wanted for breach of bail and the po­lice want to in­ter­view him about sev­eral other mat­ters.

‘‘If you are drink­ing then don’t drive would be the mes­sage we are try­ing to get out there.’’

He has been on the run since Septem­ber 28. He has blonde hair that falls just be­low his ears.

Mata­mata po­lice are ask­ing peo­ple to think re­spon­si­bly at this time of year with Christ­mas drinks and hol­i­day traf­fic.

Sergeant Thorne said work places need to be aware of lower drink driv­ing lim­its. The al­co­hol limit for driv­ers aged 20 years and over low­ered to 250mcg of al­co­hol per litre of breath, and the blood al­co­hol limit to 50mg (0.05) of al­co­hol per 100ml of blood, down from 400mcg and 80mg (0.08) re­spec­tively. ‘‘If you are hav­ing Christ­mas drinks then or­gan­ise sober driv­ers or a van for your work­ers,’’ he said. ‘‘If you are drink­ing then don’t drive would be the mes­sage we are try­ing to get out there.’’

He also en­cour­aged res­i­dents to be aware that traf­fic in the area will in­crease over the hol­i­day pe­riod so they should drive ac­cord­ingly.

‘‘Give your­self plenty of time to get to your des­ti­na­tion.’’ Driv­ers should also plan their trip if head­ing away and make sure they took suf­fi­cient rest breaks. Re­mov­ing the temp­ta­tion of dis­trac­tions like cell phones by switch­ing them off and shut­ting them away was also rec­om­mended.

The po­lice also ask slower driv­ers to be con­sid­er­ate and pull over where safe to al­low traf­fic to pass. Po­lice can and do ticket those who im­pede the flow of traf­fic, which causes frus­tra­tion for oth­ers and can prompt oth­ers to take un­nec­es­sary risks.

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