WATCH Stay­ing safe over sum­mer months

Bush Telegraph - - PROPERTY MARKET - By JYMAHL GLASSEY se­nior sergeant

As this sum­mer ap­proaches Tararua po­lice have seen a small rise in in­ci­dents that areaf­fect­ing peo­ple’s safety and sense of safety.

Po­lice of­ten see more con­sump­tion of al­co­hol, an in­crease in per­sonal stress re­lated to Christ­mas, more driv­ers on the road for longer hours and more peo­ple con­gre­gat­ing and so­cial­is­ing in pub­lic places and li­censed premises.

These changes can some­times neg­a­tivelyaf­fect the com­mu­nity, such as at drunk driv­ers putting road users at risk, fam­i­lies suf­fer­ing harm from fam­ily vi­o­lence, peo­ple feel­ing un­sup­ported and un­able to cope through stress brought on by the ex­pec­ta­tions of Christ­mas and larger num­bers of the pub­lic be­ing ex­posed to dis­or­derly or in­tim­i­dat­ing be­hav­iour in pub­lic places and so­cial set­tings.

If you are hav­ing a drink have you or­gan­ised a sober driver? Do you know when enough is enough? Can you con­trol your emo­tions and be­hav­iour un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol? Are you will­ing to put other peo­ple’s lives at risk by driv­ing drunk? Can you af­ford a con­vic­tion in courts and los­ing your li­cense?

If you are stressed have you talked to some­one about it? How is your be­hav­iour af­fect­ing your fam­ily? Are there bet­ter ways for ev­ery­one in­volved to deal with fam­ily sit­u­a­tions than to have peo­ple harmed and po­lice called?

If driv­ing, are you com­fort­able you have had suf­fi­cient rest? Is your ve­hi­cle safe? Are you will­ing to let your rush to get some­where lead to po­ten­tial harm to you, your fam­ily and oth­ers through avoid­able ac­ci­dents?

As well as tak­ing per­sonal stock, look­ing out for oth­ers as well as your­self can help with stay­ing and feel­ing safe. If you ex­pe­ri­ence or wit­ness some­thing that makes you feel un­safe or un­easy then you should con­sider re­port­ing it to po­lice. You don’t have to wait for some­thing to go wrong be­fore calling. Po­lice of­ten re­ceive calls from mem­bers of the pub­lic about things they be­lieve are or could led to a prob­lem. We en­cour­age this type of re­port­ing be­cause it can al­low po­lice to be­come in­volved and as­sist in sort­ing is­sues early.

■ Po­lice wish ev­ery­one well through the sum­mer hol­i­day pe­riod. We would li­keev­ery­one to feel safe through this time. Re­port­ing mat­ters to po­lice early as­sists us with that. Peo­ple tak­ing stock around some of the changes we see in the sum­mer months is also help­ful in peo­ple avoid­ing harm.

A car driven by a sus­pected drunk driver in­volved in an ac­ci­dent.

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