SW’S mixed week of crime

South Waikato News - - Your Health - SERGEANT WAYNE DICK­SON Drive offs Fam­ily vi­o­lence Drink driv­ing

We have been hav­ing quite a few petrol drive offs lately and peo­ple need to be aware they could end up in court for do­ing so. You might drive off with as lit­tle as $50 and end up pay­ing a $200 fine.

Most of th­ese peo­ple are be­ing caught due to CCTV footage and the fact they are lo­cal cars.

There were 15 re­ported fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ci­dents this week which re­sulted in five peo­ple be­ing charged.

The ma­jor­ity of th­ese have been drug and al­co­hol re­lated and in quite a few chil­dren have been present. It is never a good ex­am­ple that th­ese par­ents are set­ting their kids when we have to drag mum or dad away but if peo­ple are too ig­no­rant to heed the warn­ing when it comes to drink and drugs and then do stupid stuff we will be quite happy to lock them up.

Ju­ve­nile dis­or­der has been high lately, which in­cludes kids as young as 12 up to 18. The ma­jor­ity have not been com­mit­ting crime as such but have been do­ing stupid things such as run­ning through pri­vate prop­er­ties, muck­ing around at the back of shops, and be­ing loud and abu­sive.

If we catch ju­ve­niles do­ing stuff they shouldn’t be we will grab them off the street and they will end up in the cells or taken home to their par­ents.

The mes­sage here is they re­ally need to be act­ing nor­mal and not car­ry­ing on. Be re­spect­ful of oth­ers and don’t cause trou­ble.

There was one at­tempted bur­glary around the back of Im­pact Photographics but thank­fully they did not man­age to get in.

Three drink driv­ers were stopped. One was just over the new limit, one just over the old limit, and the other two times over the limit.

All had been drink­ing at pri­vate ad­dresses rather than pubs and then thought it was okay to drive.

There has been lots of traf­fic over the From De­cem­ber 1 2014 the al­co­hol limit for driv­ers aged 20 years and over low­ered from 400 mi­cro­grams per litre of breath (mcg) of al­co­hol per litre of breath to 250mcg. The blood al­co­hol limit low­ered from 80mg of al­co­hol per 100ml of blood (0.08), to 50mg (0.05).

hol­i­day pe­riod. Af­ter an hour at a po­lice check­point 10 to 12 tick­ets were is­sued for breaches such as not wear­ing seat­belts and learner driv­ers driv­ing un­ac­com­pa­nied.

STACY SQUIRES/FAIRFAX NZX

Toko­roa has seen a mixed week of crime.

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