Be safe on 25

Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT - SERGEANT RACHEL HOLMES

‘‘I wrackmy brain to see how we could have avoided this loss.’’

It is with great sad­ness that I write this col­umn to­day.

Po­lice and emer­gency ser­vices as a whole send our con­do­lences to fam­ily and friends of loved ones who have left us so trag­i­cally in the triple fa­tal­ity at the Kopu bridge near Thames last week.

I wrack my brain to see how we could have avoided this loss, it comes down to in­di­vid­ual choices and shows the im­por­tance of ed­u­cat­ing and guid­ing our young.

And also from a Po­lice per­spec­tive, tar­get­ing our high risk driv­ers - those breach­ing grad­u­ated li­cences or re­quir­ing is­su­ing and en­forc­ing driver li­cence sus­pen­sions.

I also be­lieve we should se­ri­ously be look­ing at bet­ter test­ing for drugged driv­ing as we do for drink driv­ing.

We are now into the sec­ond week of school hol­i­days and through­out our area, there will be more kids around - keep an eye out, they can be un­pre­dictable.

Also, in re­cent times, we have come across driv­ers de­bat­ing they are at blame af­ter crash­ing into the rear or side of the ve­hi­cle in front. Very rarely will you not be to blame. Your trav­el­ling dis­tance must be such that you can stop short of any col­li­sion!

Work around Cook St, Thames, con­tin­ues fol­low­ing ex­e­cu­tion of a search war­rant where stolen prop­erty was lo­cated. More good work over the Kopu Hikuai has seen the lo­ca­tion and seizure of cannabis and metham­phetamine.

Mov­ing for­ward, we have Road Safety Week on May 7. Our fo­cus is re­straints and driver dis­trac­tion.

Have a great week, Stay Alive on 25.

Sergeant Rachel Holmes

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