Driv­ing is pleas­ing the po­lice

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - SE­NIOR SERGEANT JA­SON HEN­DER­SON Fam­ily harm Drink driv­ing School hol­i­days

We had 17 fam­ily harm in­ci­dents for the week. Three of these re­sulted in ar­rests in re­la­tion to as­saults and dam­age to prop­erty.

Peo­ple need to re­mem­ber there are lo­cal agen­cies, such as Raukawa, Toko­roa Coun­cil of So­cial Ser­vices, and bud­get ad­vi­sory, that are avail­able to help out so make con­tact with them be­fore things get out of hand.

We had four bur­glar­ies dur­ing the week. The tar­gets in these have been push bikes and small elec­tronic items which are eas­ily car­ried.

Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions led to three youths be­ing ar­rested for one of these and they are now due to ap­pear in Youth Court in the com­ing weeks.

Although still dis­ap­point­ing it was good to see that only one drink driver was stopped over the long week­end on Satur­day. The lo­cal driver blew 535 mi­cro­grams of al­co­hol per litre of breath. The le­gal limit is 250 mcg.

It is good to see that we have not seen a ma­jor rise in mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents lately on roads in the South Waikato area.

We have how­ever still at­tended a num­ber of ac­ci­dents. A cou­ple have been se­ri­ous but thank­fully no one has died.

It is sur­pris­ing to me that we have not seen a ma­jor rise in ac­ci­dents see­ing as it is the start of the school hol­i­days and with all the bad weather we have been hav­ing lately but it is pleas­ing to see peo­ple are stick­ing to speed lim­its and mes­sages about road safety are get­ting through.

At this time of the year it is all about tak­ing de­lays into con­sid­er­a­tion when plan­ning a trip. Leav­ing at an ear­lier time can make a big dif­fer­ence.

With the school hol­i­days upon us there are sev­eral school hol­i­day pro­grammes in place for kids such as those at the YMCA.

It is just a mat­ter of look­ing out for op­por­tu­ni­ties for your chil­dren within the com­mu­nity rather than let­ting them loose to wan­der the streets and get up to mis­chief.

MAR­ION VAN DIJK/FAIRFAX NZ

Po­lice were called to a crash near West­port on Wed­nes­day night.

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