The month continues with ‘Operation Restraint’ where seatbelt usage is being monitored in the region. The number of motorists using cell phones while driving is still alarmingly high and many vehicle occupants are still not wearing seatbelts as required.
Plenty of local incidents are still keeping Police busy including three pallets of weatherboard stolen from a building site in Aubrey Road over the last four weeks.
On the 19th October a Chinese visitor walking the track up near Rob Roy Glacier became separated from her group and she spent the night at Aspiring Hut. She was reunited with her companions early the next morning, safe and well.
On the 20th Police attended when a motor vehicle and caravan crashed at Makarora. The vehicle and caravan flipped onto their roof and fortunately injuries sustained by the occupants were not serious. A reminder that towing a caravan requires experienced drivers, especially in windy conditions.
Police received a complaint of fraud where money was paid to a person advertising a room to rent which turned out to be a scam. The money and the fraudster went AWOL and a positive line of enquiry is being followed up with. The complaint was part of a bigger can of worms and the culprit will have some explaining to do in due course.
On 22nd, two male drivers were processed for Drink Driving, which is two too many.
Police will continue to monitor seatbelts, cell phone usage while driving, speed and intersections through until Xmas. Remember, if you are running late then you should have started sooner!
If you have any information pertaining to the incidents above please call the Station on (03) 443 7272 to speak to an Officer, or to give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Have a safe week.