Major traffic operations in January catch several in net

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Liaising with Clutha Leader after several busy weeks, Sergeant Chris Parsons, of Balclutha, wanted to publicise the results of two police traffic operations he planned and led last month.

On January 19 a traffic stop in Milton involving the Dunedin police ‘‘Booze Bus’’ resulted in the issuing of 14 mobile phone infringements, a speeding fine and an infringement notice for the use of flashing high›beam lights by one driver.

A ‘‘highly visible’’ wide net spread between Milton, Lawrence and Beaumont on Friday, January 21 stopped virtually all drivers in the area over its duration, with 512 passive alcohol breath tests and evidential tests resulting in five drink›driving charges.

Sgt Parsons commended the organisers of a 21st party on the night who had provided a shuttle service.

‘‘Success for us would be zero positive tests.

‘‘The fact that there were positive tests shows these operations are still necessary and more will be planned,’’ he said.

On January 31 a rare and valuable 3.5›tonne tandem trailer, registration 57B49, was stolen from a property near The Nuggets.

A Toyota Camry connected with prolific trailer theft was involved.

Police are eager to speak to other victims of similar thefts and anyone who may have been approached with unusual purchase offers.

Frustration over ongoing antisocial and hazardous driving continues in Kaitangata.

Police appreciate that submitting evidence and statements is problematic to remaining anonymous and urge concerned neighbours to network, be smart in collecting video and courageous in helping police to uphold their rights.