Burnouts: drivers face court

Hello again, what a great evening it was at Balloons over Waipa last Friday. I attended as part of Cambridge Blue Light and was pleased to talk to so many members of the public. Four lucky people won spot prizes of Onyx vouchers Cambridge Bluelight, and we are very thankful for their support.

Deb Hann – Senior Constable

In good news this week, traffic staff have completed enquiries on two reported cases of sustained loss of traction (burnouts). In both cases registration plate details, statements and video were provided to police by members of the public witnessing the behaviour. This meant that we could investigate, with the result that the drivers will now be appearing in court. They will face a mandatory six month suspension of their driver’s licences and may be imprisoned for up to three months or fined up to $4500.

This week the team also had a good catch when an early morning family harm incident on Maungatautari Road, Horahora was reported to police by members of the public. The witnesses stayed with the people and vehicle involved providing updates to police as their vehicle drove in the area. A male was arrested and went to court facing a charge of assault in a family relationship. This outcome would not have been possible without the calls to 111 and updates. We again say thank you. Your actions have stopped further harm to the victim involved.

Lastly, with the Easter weekend upon us, a lot of people will be travelling on the roads, heading away on holiday. With roadworks on many main highways, patience and forward planning is key. Allow extra time and take alternative routes where roadworks are present. If you see dangerous driving such as high speed, overtaking into oncoming traffic or on blind corners, suspect drunk driving or similar, please call 111. If you can obtain video footage of the driving the behaviour and are willing to give a statement should appearance in court be required, that would be even better.

Children will be on holiday from tomorrow (Friday) until Tuesday, so please be extra vigilant for the younger members of our community who will no doubt be out and about on their bicycles and scooters. Children can be unpredictable around roads and so be sure to drive defensively and be aware of your surroundings, who and what is in them.  Always drive to the conditions. If you are away from home, remember to lock your doors and windows. Remove any valuable items from view and do not advertise your absence. Ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your home. Have a good weekend.

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