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.