Road safety

Get those foreign killers off the road


After plowing into the locals for years while we stand idly by in fear of losing someone a tourist dollar, there is some movement.  Maybe.

Police may get the power to ban erratic tourist drivers from the roads as concern grows about the number of fatalities involving overseas drivers.

The death of motorcyclist Grant Roberts left two young boys without a father. They have taken a petition to Parliament asking to make it tougher for tourists to drive here.

Mr Roberts was one of two motorcyclists killed when a young Chinese woman lost control of her car.

Christchurch coroner Richard McElrea¬†investigated the accident and has called for police to be given powers to ban drivers who show a “demonstrable lack of ability”.

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss is interested in the idea.

“We’re considering all the options that the coroner’s put to us,” he says. “That recommendation in particular I’m interested in and I’ll be talking to the Minister of Police about that one.”

We have to have a better balance where we value the safety of others over the bottom line of tourist operators just a little more.

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Don’t be a statistic

Just a bit of a public service notice I guess, but the Police are implementing their reduced 4 km/h tolerance for this Queen’s Birthday weekend.

Officials are aiming for another fatality-free Queen’s Birthday weekend on the roads and police are warning motorists they will be enforcing stricter speed tolerances and breath-testing just about everybody they stop.

The “Make it to Monday” campaign was launched in Wellington this week, and 254 pairs of shoes were displayed to represent the 254 road deaths in 2013.

Despite 64 injury-causing crashes, no one died on the roads during last year’s Queen’s Birthday Weekend, which road safety agencies are asking all road users to once again strive for.

“Buckling your safety belt, driving at a safe speed and not drinking and driving are three of the most basic, life-saving choices that every motorist has the power to make this Queen’s Birthday weekend,” said road policing Assistant Commissioner Dave Cliff.

Already this year, crashes have claimed the lives of 125 people – 24 more than at the same time last year.
In the vast majority of cases, alcohol, speed and not wearing safety belts were factors. Read more »


Revenue gathering? ¬†Perish the thought…

An extra 58,000 motorists were caught speeding because of the lower-tolerance speed limit at holiday weekends in the past two years – and police bosses are not ruling out making the policy permanent.

The speed tolerance is normally 10km/h above the limit, but since Queen’s Birthday weekend 2010 has been lowered to 4km/h for holiday weekends when traffic volumes are higher.

Figures released under the Official Information Act show there were almost 115,000 speeding offences recorded on public holidays and over long weekends in the past two years and about half were the result of drivers travelling between 5km/h and 10km/h over the speed limit.

The lower tolerance would have generated a significant amount in fines – police issued a total of 92,503 infringement notices for speeding offences between Labour Day 2012 and last Queens Birthday weekend worth a total of $5.7 million.

If this is genuinely something Police implemented to save lives, then I think demerits for speeding between 5-9 km/hr over the limit is much more sensible.

Last month there were 23 deaths which was the lowest December since monthly records began in 1965.

The previous January had 18 deaths.

“That was extraordinarily low and the first time under 20 since monthly records began. This month is tracking virtually the same, the same number of fatal crashes (12) but one more fatality – so 13 deaths versus 12 at the same time last year. So we are on track at present for the second lowest or lowest January on record.”

The Automobile Association surveyed 10,000 members just before Christmas and found 57 per cent backed the lower tolerance, with 82 per cent wanting police to retain the 10km/h limit for passing lanes and motorways.

It is very hard to argue against safer driving. ¬†But I think the numbers don’t add up. ¬†In spite of the spin, last month had 27% more deaths than the January before. ¬†As a measure to stop deaths this has been a total failure.


Source: Andrew Koubaridis at the Herald

And the road maggots wonder why they get run over

Auckland Transport conducted a survey of key intersections to ascertain who the worst red light runners were…and guess what…it’s road maggots.

The Herald in a series pushing the ‘rights’ of 2% of road users have released the details.

Cyclists accounted for 60 per cent of red-light runners surveyed at four Auckland intersections, the city’s transport authority has revealed.

Car drivers were responsible for 37 per cent of 360 red-light breaches observed by Auckland Transport, and buses, trucks and one motorcycle made up the balance.

Right, so those evil truck drivers, generally don;t run red lights…hmmm…while cyclists do…a lot. No wonder they get run over.

Those statistics still don’t stop the road maggot advocates pushing their agenda.

Cycle Action chairwoman Barbara Cuthbert said cars running lights exceeded cyclists at the K-Rd intersection.

She referred to a presentation by a senior Auckland Transport official which won an accolade at an engineering conference, noting many instances of red-light running by cyclists were left-hand turns or motivated by riders wanting to get a head-start on other vehicles for safety reasons.¬† Read more »

China not happy with NZ road safety

Neil Ratley reports

The death of a Chinese woman in Northern Southland has resulted in a high-ranking Chinese consulate member expressing concern for the safety of his countrymen on New Zealand roads.

Li Xin, the Vice Consul General of the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Christchurch, says more needs to be done to prevent Chinese citizens from dying and getting seriously injured in New Zealand.

Chinese tourists were the second-largest source of visitors after Australians and were increasingly opting to explore NZ on their own.

As more Chinese people explored the country, many were opting out of organised coach tours and getting behind the wheel of self-drive cars, Li Xin said.

This was especially true of the younger Chinese generation.

A lack of understanding of NZ road rules, road safety and road conditions needed to be addressed, he said.

Mr Li Xin should come drive around east Auckland for a bit. ¬†Kiwis are in constant danger of being taken out by Chinese drivers. ¬†Perhaps the Chinese Government should ensure their citizens have an¬†understanding of NZ road rules, road safety and road conditions before they allow them to come here in the first place. ¬† Read more »

Drink Driving limit to be lowered

The government has announced that they are going to lower the drink driving limit.

Prime Minister John Key says cabinet has agreed to lower the blood alcohol limit for all drivers.

The limit will fall from 0.08ml per 100ml of blood to 0.05ml.

Key said the new lower limit would give fines to drivers caught between the old limit and the new one.

He said the government had a strong track record for road safety, with the road toll falling by about 100 deaths a year while in government.

“The work is not over, no death is acceptable.”

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee said the decision was striking a balance of showing that the government was serious about alcohol in driving, while deciding whether drivers were criminals. ¬† Read more »

People are stupid

Only a moron would post a video of himself breaking the law and expect to get away with it.

A driver who allegedly posted an internet video of himself speeding around Manhattan in just over 24 minutes is facing charges of reckless driving.

According to a criminal complaint charging Adam Tang with reckless driving, Tang claimed he never went over 100mph and ran only one red light at a pedestrian crosswalk.¬† Read more »

Derryn Hinch sticks one up the road vermin

Last night Sunday ran a story about cyclists  cockroaches on wheels/road maggots/losers in lycra, as usual trotting out the sob stories about the poor losers in lycra that get run over, hit by cars,  abused and yelled at by motorists. All I saw was what I expected, ignorant tools on tires riding in the wrong places, riding in stupid places, and completely oblivious to road rules and their own safety.

Derryn Hinch unleashes his opinion on cyclists and doesn’t hold back:

Yep. OK. That‚Äôs the line I used to describe some cyclists in an interview for a Sunday Night story on Channel 7 last night. And I got twitter bombed ‚Äď even before the story went to air. Talk about ‚Äėonya bike‚Äô.

Included in the more pungent comments were these:

CallsInLate @ I Hate Hills: ‚ÄėIf cyclists are cockroaches on wheels then @HumanHeadline is an oxygen thieving maggot living on borrowed time‚Äô.

Darren Mitchell@darren mitchell2: ‚ÄėWhy don‚Äôt you just hurry up and die‚Äô. Read more »

Worth a ticket?

A reader emails:

Hi Cam

I recently got sprung doing 63kph in a 50kph zone here in the Far North. I asked the Police for a photo and they sent me this. I guess it’s a fair cop and I’ll pay up but is it a bit dodgy that the Police have their speed cameras pointed directly at the point where the speed limit reduces from 100kph to 50kph? Any criminal lawyers out there with an opinion on this?

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If its got tits or tyres it’ll be trouble

There are no politicians that are immune to cowardice, especially when the focus groups tell you that you are pissing of women voters.

John Key and Steven Joyce know this…it is why they won’t bash up unions…coz the focus groups say they need to be nicer.

In the UK raising the speed limit has experienced a speed bump for the same reason.

Ministers have abandoned plans to introduce a new 80mph speed limit on Britain’s motorways amid fears the change would alienate women voters.

Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, is determined to make road safety a greater priority and has voiced reservations about implementing the 80mph proposal he inherited when he took over the role last year.

He has now indicated that the plans have effectively been dropped and said that a change to the speed limit was “not a priority”.

Experts have said the only way of enforcing the higher speed limit would be to install cameras to monitor average speeds on all motorways, which could prove extremely costly.

A recent poll has also indicated that 40 per cent of women believe the speed limit should remain at 70mph.¬† Read more »