Some more thoughts on road safety

The “death free” Queens Birthday weekend had terrible weather conditions, and as a result there were less accidents because people tended to drive to the conditions, or didn’t drive at all. In other words the weather was the educating and common sense factor, not the vaunted crack down on the policing tolerance of the speed limit.

From what I can see of the deaths in the weekend they were not merely as a result of speed, but of poor driving and poor vehicle control and knowledge.

By definition every motor accident is a result of speed, as two stationary vehicle will not hit each other or anything else.

The battle that needs to be fought is the poor standard of driving, not a battle against exceeding an arbitrary speed limit.

In France or Germany a piece of straight motorway is safe at 130 kph, while a similar straight piece of road in NZ is unsafe at 130kph. How does that work?

Is a French or German driver safer at 130 than a Kiwi? Doubtless the answer is yes, because Kiwi’s can’t drive. It is too easy to get a licence, and the Police are only interested in revenue rather than education.

The only thing that has reduced road deaths in recent years is the improvement in vehicle and road engineering. The Police speed campaign can not lay claim to any gains, as has been clearly demonstrated this past weekend.

NZ Road Toll 2004-2008

NZ Road Toll 2004-2008. Statistics:

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