Holiday-makers and residents in the Mackenzie are being warned to stay safe in the lead up to a busy summer with an influx of people in the district.
This follows three major incidents police responded to over the weekend in the Mackenzie, on both land and on water, with one labelled ‘‘unacceptable’’ and another ‘‘extremely lucky’’.
Mid/South Canterbury area commander Inspector Dave Gaskin said there would be a stronger police presence in the Mackenzie District over summer with extra staff on the ground to equate for the increase in people in the area.
He said many rural areas across the region would have increased staff but the Mackenzie was the ‘‘main one’’ as there was so many extra people in the area over summer.
Weekend incidents include a hit and run following a party in Twizel that left two men injured and having to be airlifted to Dunedin Hospital.
Detective Senior Sergeant Richard Quested, of Timaru, said at around 3am on Sunday two men aged 27 and 24 were injured in the incident on Mackenzie Drive.
Police understood there was a party on nearby Omahau Crescent in Twizel on Saturday night.
It appeared there was an altercation between some of the party goers and as a result two people were hit by a vehicle on Mackenzie Drive.
The injured men were taken to the Twizel Medical Centre and later airlifted to Dunedin Hospital.
On Saturday morning, Constable Brad Morton, of Tekapo, stopped a 20-year-old man from Christchurch driving at a ‘‘completely unacceptable’’ speed of 181kmh on State Highway 8 between Tekapo and Twizel.
The man, who was driving a grey 2012 Mazda Axela, had his licence automatically suspended for 28 days and would appear in the Timaru District Court on charge of driving at a dangerous speed.