Revenue gathering? Â 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. Â But I think the numbers don’t add up. Â In spite of the spin, last month had 27% more deaths than the January before. Â As a measure to stop deaths this has been a total failure.
Source:Â Andrew Koubaridis at the Herald