Looking after your mates
NO BULL Steve Bullock is the area commander for Taupo police, which encompasses Taupo, Turangi, Tokoroa, Putaruru and Mangakino police stations and areas. This month Steve writes about keeping alcohol consumption over the Christmas period.
So much for summer so far, yes some great hot days but a bit too much rain for my liking. Hopefully this rain does not lead to a drought like last year – sorry farmers I may have cursed us all. With Christmas and the New Year only days away I really need to talk about drinking.
Being merry is fine but too much more than that often leads to misery for our people and for our community.
Alcohol, liquor, booze call it what you like, it is firewater if not consumed responsibly.
A year or two back we did some analysis around police calls for service in and around Christmas and New Year for the South Waikato.
A staggering 70 percent of calls for police service related to alcohol, sadly many, many of these where reports of family violence. My experience as a police officer for a few years now tells me that the key to responsible drinking is knowing when to say when, and more importantly, having mates who will look after you. The true mate is not the one who lifts you out of the gutter but the one who prevents you from falling into it, there is that prevention word again, I love it.
A simple test with alcohol is if you are thinking ‘yeah nah’, then it is nah for sure. Trust your inner being, if you are thinking whether or not you should have one more then you have probably had enough. Better safe than sorry I always say. The same goes for your mates, if they are looking a bit weathered and not keeping up then let them be or get them help. So what if it is your round and you owe them one, catch it up next time, don’t get them to scull up. Be the responsible one.
Please do not even think about one more for the road, we have to completely separate drinking and driving, they do not mix, ever. Statistically speaking we have more crashes at this time of the year, and more of these are alcohol or drug related. Year after year we catch more drink or drugged drivers yet the number of crashes tell us that we are still not catching enough. If you are driving on our roads this Christmas then expect to be stopped, expect to be breath tested and if you are over the limit then expect to be prosecuted, simple as that. Our roads need to be safe, not negotiable.
Talking about public safety, I want to say thanks to Gordon Blake, Selina John and all the South Waikato Safer Communities Council who along with the District Council and Tokoroa Police have been toiling away on updating surveillance cameras in Tokoroa. In the very near future we will be seeing six fixed camera’s and two mobile camera’s activated in the township. This upgrade will enable the CBD to be monitored 24 hours a day and the mobile cameras can be installed when and where they are needed. In terms of community safety this is massive, crooks do not like being identified and, as we know, anything that is bad for a crook has to be good for the community. Talking about the Tokoroa CBD, thanks to the Cook Island Wardens for another great year of voluntary work, taking time out to help keep our community safe. ‘‘Me angaanga pakari koe, na te Atua e tutaki meitaki mai, Te akameitaki nei au ia kotou no ta kotou angaanga meitaki I rave na te Cook Island Wardens.’’
Finally I ask that we look after each other this festive season, don’t abuse the booze or each other, keep an eye on your mates and an even closer eye out for crooks. Trust me they will be watching you and waiting for the opportunity to commit a crime. Lock up your goodies and look out for your mates – it’s as easy as it gets.
Remember, be safe, feel safe and if you want to drink, then drink safe, always.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.