Now that the NZ and Australian school holidays have ended, numbers in town have dropped. So its ‘back to school’ for many - a reminder that motorists passing a stationary school bus picking up or dropping kids off must not exceed 20km/hr, and please pay attention in school areas for students cycling, walking or crossing the road. Also a reminder that those students driving on a restricted licence face a fine and substantial loss of demerit points for carrying unauthorised passengers.
Road policing is a large focus for us at this time of the year, with ice and grit on our roads, silly speeds and inexperienced drivers, and those that still choose to drink and drive.
Wanaka Police attended three road policing incidents this week. - A two vehicle minor injury crash on Aubrey Road, a single-vehicle crash on Cardrona Valley Road where the vehicle rolled (fortunately there were no injuries) and the other was a vehicle crossing the centreline.
On the night of that terrible storm, Police had two calls about large trampolines taking off from backyards. It’s not rocket science to tie them down if the weather is not looking flash! That day we also located a stolen vehicle in the Lindis Pass, which was taken from Wanaka the same day.
We still continue to stop drivers who have been drink driving. This is very disappointing with another two processed this week.
A local man was arrested for an assault that occurred at the Treble Cone ski field cafe.
A reminder that the Police Station front-counter staff deal with lots of lost and found, or stolen property complaints. Remember when you are up the mountain skiing or in town at night, keep an eye on your personal property. Plan the most sensible way to get home, and try to avoid walking home alone.
Have a fun, safe week.