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Boozy punch-up erupts
We spoke to the owner of
the damaged car and we just
told both parties to pull their
Senior Constable Glen Tweedie
A LIQUOR-stoked stoush
between two groups of young
boozers on the same Rolleston
street brought three police
patrols to Caesar Close just
after midnight on Saturday.
Senior Constable Glen
Tweedie, of Rolleston police,
said the melee erupted when a
young male kicked a car parked
outside a small gathering
several doors down.
There was a punch-up and
during the melee someone has
thrown a bottle through the
back window of the property of
the smaller gathering.
All players were the worse
for alcohol,'' Mr Tweedie said.
Let's just say if no-one had
been drinking it wouldn't have
The warring factions had
dispersed when police arrived.
We spoke to the owner of the
damaged car and we just told
both parties to pull their heads
in.''All were teenagers or in their
Blind luck saves
youth from injury
A 17-YEAR-old driver failed to take a minor bend
at Ellesmere Junction Rd, lost control, clipped a
power pole on the opposite side and spun on the
grass in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The youth, who had been driving from Lake
Tekapo to Lincoln to visit his girlfriend, blew
The breath alcohol limit for drivers aged under
20 is zero.
A huntaway pup in a kennel was thrown from
the rear of the Toyoto Hilux in the 12.30am crash
and taken to a veterinarian for examination.
The driver escaped virtually unscathed. The
vehicle was a write-off.
Constable Mike Harker of Lincoln police said
the drink driving message was simply failing to
It's disappointing that people still continue to
drive -- risking the lives of others on the road,'' he
It's only good luck that no-one was coming the
other way when he crossed the centre line. They
wouldn't have seen him.
Instead of turning on the minor Y bend, he
travelled straight on and clipped the pole on the
other side.'' The youth faces driving with excess
breath alcohol and careless driving counts.
By ANNA PRICE
DRIVERS WANTED: The Famous Grouse Hotel manager Craig Bradford displays one
of the attention-seeking coasters, with staff member Lisa Downes.
A CREATIVE offensive against
drink-drivers has been launched, fol-
lowing new data revealing that 144
crashes in the Selwyn district -- 17 of
them fatals -- were all linked to
The grim figures cover the five
years to the end of 2011.
Fatal crashes aside, 43 were
classified serious and 59 involved
The Selwyn District Council cam-
paign is based an a new creative
idea, with attention-getters like the
old Wild West-style Wanted notices
that at first glance look light-
The objective of the visual is to
catch the attention.
Then it leads to the message and
a call for the key action,'' council
road safety co-ordinator Ngaire Tin-
Billboards with the message,
Having a few drinks? Plan a safe
ride home'', will be posted at nine
sites across the district.
The message will also go out to
hotels and bars this month on drinks
coasters, posters and bar mats.
Alcohol-related crashes cause a
great deal of trauma to families, and
while loss of life and injury are the
most serious personal cost, the real
costs are far more extensive,'' Mrs
These included emotional factors,
isolation for the offender and the
long-term financial cost.
Further grief came, with charges
from manslaughter to excess blood or
breath alcohol carrying penalties
from imprisonment to loss of licence
and loss of insurance cover.
If people are having a few drinks,
planning a safe ride home is essen-
tial, given this district is rural with
limited public transport,'' she said.
Drinkers are urged to organise a
sober driver, using the courtesy van,
or share designated driver duties.
Our local hotels and bars already
do a great job with host respon-
sibility, with almost all offering cour-
Similar council campaigns were
launched this week in the Waima-
kariri and Hurunui districts.
The main state routes run through
all three districts.
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