Why do the Police keep insisting speed kills?

Yet again the Police are in the media claiming that speed kills.

It doesn’t.

There are literally thousands of race car drivers who are still alive who can attest tot he fact that speed doesn’t kill.

What kills is stupidity, and sudden stops into hard objects.

But the Police keep on insisting speed kills.

When you look at their examples too you find that in one of them that speed didn’t kill, in fact the driver is still alive.

One man was detected driving 240kmh on the Waikato Expressway before he was pulled over.

“This speed is simply reckless,” said Grace.

She said that at that speed it would take 12 seconds and 450 meters to stop – given that the vehicle was in good condition of course.

“If you are travelling at this speed, and something untoward happens up to 450 meters in front of you – the chances of you being involved in a collision are high.”

And the police mislead with those statistics…that is their calculation…what they don’t say is what sort of car it was, what sort of brakes and neither have they even tested to see if that is realistic, it is simply their guess. I’d like the Police to show me the statistics that show if you drive fast then you are more likely to be involved in a collision. I bet they don’t even have those statistics and are just making it up.

Needless to say though is that speed didn’t kill that driver.

In all the other instances they cite as examples there is no evidence that “speed kills”.

A man was killed in the Eastern Bay of Plenty when the car he was travelling in collided with a milk tanker at the intersection of SH2 and Wilson Rd near Paengaroa.

The car come out of Wilson Rd and turned right to travel north onto SH2 and collided with the tanker which was travelling south on SH2.

An intersection huh? Unlikely speed was a factor there…more like stupid decision to pull out in front of a 50 tonne milk tanker.

A 22-year-old Chinese student died on Saturday afternoon after the car he was driving collided with a campervan at Five Rivers, Southland, on Friday.

A camper van at speed? Come on…no one is going to believe that. Again no indication of “speed killing”.

A man died after a head-on collision near Tauranga the same day and a person was electrocuted following a crash in North Canterbury on Saturday.

No evidence of speed killing, and in one case it was fallen power lines that killed him not speed.

The final nail in the coffin of the Police efforts to slow everyone down…an increased road toll. It seems lack of speed kills not the other way around.

Last year 246 people were killed in road accidents. This year there have already been 285 deaths and with the New Year celebrations about to start, police hope that figure will not grow.

It will grow, because the Police are not focussing on the real issues…instead constantly claiming “speed kills”.

Forty more deaths than last year and a crack down on speeding running all year. I wonder if any real media will start joining dots and calling the Police on their bullshit.


– Fairfax

Do you want:

  • Ad-free access?
  • Access to our very popular daily crossword?
  • Access to daily sudoku?
  • Access to Incite Politics magazine articles?
  • Access to podcasts?
  • Access to political polls?

Our subscribers’ financial support is the reason why we have been able to offer our latest service; Audio blogs. 

Click Here  to support us and watch the number of services grow.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.