Are coroners a special kind of stupid?

I despair with coroners in this country.

They come out with all sorts of bizarre recommendations and the latest one is no different.

A coroner is calling for better regulations of headlights following the death of a drunk man who was run over lying on a rural Hamilton road at night.

Hastings man William Gregory Hoskins was killed on January 15, 2012, after he was struck by a car on Marychurch Road in the early hours of the morning.

It is not known how he came to be lying on the road, Coroner Gary Evans said in findings released today.

Hoskins had travelled to Hamilton with family to attend a cousin’s wedding, and had been drinking at the reception.

A test found he had alcohol in his blood at a level of 190 milligrams per 100 millilitres, over twice the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers.

He had also smoked the equivalent of a single cannabis cigarette in the hours before his death, which may have accentuated the effects of alcohol, a report said.

In the hour before his death, Hoskin had texted his father and stepmother asking to pick him up and take him back to the motel they were staying at.

He was last seen at the reception about 4.25am, when he apparently left to walk back to the motel.

About 4.45am, his body was found by a motorist. He was alive but unconscious, and died shortly after paramedics arrived. 

What does the coroner say? Don’t drink and smoke weed then lie on the road you might die? Nope…not even close.

– Consideration be given to the creation of more detailed regulations as to the requirements of vehicle headlights.

– Consideration be given to revision of the warrant of fitness testing scheme with a view to measurement of the lux output of headlights and the distance at which they are operating efficiently.

– Greater emphasis be placed on the dangers of driving on dipped headlights on roads.

– Renewed consideration be given to the question of whether the Land Transport (Road User) Rules 2004 should contain a requirement or guide to the circumstances in which drivers must or should drive with their headlights on full beam.

FFS, we need to change headlight regulations to protect drunk stoners sleeping in the middle of the road?

Are these people born stupid or has our neutered education system made them this way?


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