Crime Line

11 March 2020

The week just gone has been an interesting one with regards to the incidents local Police have been dealing with, and we now have Wanaka A&P Show weekend coming up, so plan ahead.

Police have continued with Operation Lift to combat our drink-driver problem in Wanaka. Over the weekend, 122 drivers were stopped at alcohol checkpoints, 29 of those had consumed alcohol before driving and 3 drivers were over the alcohol limit. During the week Police dealt with a further 3 drivers who were over the legal limit, total of 6 for the week.

More driving complaints have been followed up locally, one with driving so poor that the keys were taken and alternative transport arranged for the occupants of one vehicle.
Many cyclists in Wanaka are not wearing helmets for protection. It’s a $55 fine so ensure that you ride with head protection at all times.

On Thursday, a local driver was suspended due to  having accrued too many demerit points, on top of a seatbelt fine. A small mob of sheep were removed from Cardrona Valley Road as well, farmers please ensure your fences are in good shape and your gates are locked.

On Friday Police attended a fatal motorcycle accident on Cardrona Valley Road early in the morning. Anyone who may have witnessed a black motorcycle being ridden at excessive speed on Cardrona Valley Road between Thursday evening and Friday morning is asked to contact me at the Wanaka Police Station.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, Police located a group of youths in pyjamas in the Trevathan
Lane-Kings Drive area consuming alcohol. Most of the group have been identified and parents notified. Police ask that parents ensure they know where their children are and that their alcohol stocks are not being syphoned off without their knowledge.

On Sunday a drink driver was located at midday in Lake Häwea. After being processed at Wanaka he returned to Lake Häwea to buy more alcohol but was refused service. Could this person have an alcohol problem? The number for the Alcohol Helpline is 0800787797.

Have a safe week and enjoy the Wanaka Show.