Digital Edition – December 2018 (#213)

Police Beat

On The Roads This Holiday Season


NZ Police

with NZ Police


It’s hard to believe that Christmas is nearly upon us which means a lot of us will be out and about over the next month attending events residents travelling away to holiday destinations. It’s a good time to remind ourselves that we need to prepare ourselves and our vehicles to ensure we get there safely. Most of us are nearly in the holiday mode, which often includes enjoying BBQs, dinners and parties where alcohol is consumed. Please ensure there is a sober driver or a plan to get home safely whether it be by taxi, Uber or public transport. We have been conducting CBT checkpoints in and around our Police District and I can assure you other Police districts are doing the same. The best decision on a night out, or after consuming alcohol is to have a sober driver. Always ensure you drive to the conditions, and with lengthy delays sometimes over the holiday period, particularly to favourite spots, such as the Coromandel or Northland; patience behind the wheel is required. Part of getting to your destination safely is ensuring that your vehicle is up to WOF standard, paying particular attention to tyres and brakes. Plan your drive time, ensuring the driver takes plenty of breaks, so they can remain focussed during lengthy driving periods. Vehicles towing is another issue when families are travelling to holiday destinations. Be considerate if you are driving a slower vehicle or towing, and when possible pull over to the left to allow other road users pass to travel at normal road speed. Impatience is often the cause of many crashes, where chances are taken by motorists to get past slower vehicles. Please ensure trailers, caravans, motor-homes and the like are up to WOF standard, and ensure you drive to the conditions and consider the driving requirements of these vehicles when in operation. If you’re planning on going away on holiday please ensure your property is locked securely when away from the address, and don’t forget your sheds, garages and out buildings. If you are away on holiday, please advise your neighbours and have someone check on your property regularly. Make every effort to make it look as if people are still living at the address daily, giving consideration to installing timers on lights, having a friend move vehicles around, hang washing on the line and clear your post. Please don’t make it easy for burglars, as steps can be taken to prevent your property being targeted. Finally, on behalf of Counties Manukau Police I would like to wish you a safe and Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.


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elocal Digital Edition – December 2018 (#213)

elocal Digital Edition
December 2018 (#213)