What is it with retiring cops that they think they can come out and make all sorts of outrageous statements. It isn’t like we care or are going to care what they say 5 minutes after the door shuts on their long careers.
Take John Kelly, he reckons the government has blood on its hands because they wouldn’t lower the drink drive limit.
The Government has blood on its hands for refusing to lower the drink-drive limit, a departing senior road policing boss says.
Superintendent John Kelly, who set up national highway patrols, retired on Thursday after six years overseeing the roads of Auckland’s sprawling Waitemata district and 35 years on the force.
He told the Herald on Sunday that John Key’s National Party ignoring calls for the drink-drive limit to be slashed two years ago was his biggest career frustration. He believed it had potentially contributed to more than 60 road deaths since.
“Between 250 and 300 people are still dying annually on the roads but if we had lowered the drink-drive limit when we could have, there might have been 30 or so of those people still alive every year,” said Kelly.
“The country missed a big trick to significantly reduce the numbers of deaths and injuries on our roads.”
Riiight, I will type slowly because Mr Thicky policeman plod can understand.
If you lower the limit that just makes the drunks more over the limit they were over in the first place. If Mr Kelly had been doing his job properly int he first place they would have been able to produce empirical evidence that there weer a great many people being stopped between 0.05 and 0.08, who weren;t over the limit and then went on and crashed causing injury and death. He didn’t and couldn’t and that is the reason th government decided to investigate and inquire as to what the facts were.
Even on his retirement he is pulling figures out of his well padded and shiny pants covered arse. Good luck with the road safety consultant work…your only customer is the government and you just crapped all over them.