Members of the public are being asked to report information about damage to road and traffic signs after a spate of vandalism in Taupo recently.
Several road signs were deliberately cut and damaged beyond repair over the weekend, resulting in a hefty bill to replace them. Infrastructure manager Denis Lewis said it would cost around $300 to replace each sign, meaning a bill well into the thousands of dollars.
"The sad fact is that this mindless vandalism by a few people will cost ratepayers a lot to fix, which is frustrating for the entire community. This money should be spent on positive things that benefit our district."
Mr Lewis said the damage of signs and other council infrastructure was an ongoing problem, and one that had potentially dangerous consequences.
"Damaged road signs are a huge safety risk, as drivers who are unfamiliar with our roads may miss stop or give way signs at intersections, especially at night or during bad weather. The impact of these signs not being visible could potentially cause a serious accident. Vandals really need to think about the wider impact to road users before their senseless destruction of our signage."
Anyone who sees anyone damaging road signs or has any information about damage to council property should call police on 07 378 6060. To report a damaged sign, please contact council on 0800 ASK TDC (0800 275832).
August 8 2018
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Matt Mortimer • Communications advisor • 07 376 0641 • 022 407 4990
Andy Taylor • Senior communications advisor • 07 376 0781 • 027 570 4651