Motorcyclist Faces Multiple Charges
A 43 year old Papamoa motorcyclist is accused of deliberately driving into a police officer, after driving through a checkpoint near Bayfair on Saturday evening. The officer suffered moderate injuries. The motorcyclist now faces charges of reckless driving causing injury, driving with excess breath alcohol level for a third time, driving while disqualified, failing to stop and aggravated assault. Another officer was injured in a separate incident in Katikati on Friday evening. Officers had been called to an address in town after reports of a man smashing windows. The 39 year old accused is alleged to have struck at the officers with a fence paling, injuring one of them.
Booze Bus Nabs 34
34 people face drink drive charges as a result of a 32 hour long, continuous Booze Bus campaign carried out in Tauranga over the weekend. Over 5500 drivers were stopped and breath tested. 44% of the drivers processed had previous drink driving convictions.
Police Ready to Enforce New Rules
Police are set to crack down on new roading rules that took effect yesterday. Inspector Karl Wright St Clair says the ban on cell phones is just one of the many things they're watching for. Motorcycylists, scooters and mopeds must have their headlight on at all times when in use, day or night, and there'll also be a crack down on commuters who try and queue jump using the bus lanes in Hewletts Road. Photo/TrustPower traffic cams
Woman Smokes Cannabis while Driving Through Checkpoint
A 22 year old Whakatane woman has the dubious distinction of being the first local driver to be charged with driving under the influence of drugs. Tauranga Police stopped the woman in Elisabeth Street early yesterday, just one hour after the legislation took effect. Police say she was smoking cannabis while driving through the checkpoint and failed the compulsory impairment test.
Mayor Clarifies Smoking Policy
Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Ross Paterson has spoken out to clarify their smoking policy at local beaches. He says they haven't banned smoking as such. Council has no intention of taking any action against people for smoking in public places. However signs will be going up, advising visitors of the smoke-free policy.
TrustPower Profit Up
TrustPower posted an after tax profit of 82 million dollars over the last six months. That's up 23 percent on the same period a year ago. The Tauranga based utility is New Zealand's fourth largest power generator and retailer.
No Sign of Missing Katikati Man
No luck in the hunt for missing Katikati man, Sigfried Newmann, who was last seen alive in February 2008. Sergeant Craig Madden says they reworked the search area at the weekend as part of a search and rescue training exercise. 60 volunteers, and several police officers took part.