Zero tolerance on speed and lower booze limit have worked a treat haven’t they?

The road toll is already the same this holiday period as it was for the whole of the holiday period last year….and there is still 7 days to go.

The Police went all in on their focus on speed and have lost the trust of the motorist in the process.

Now with the dual focus appearing to have failed questions must now be asked as to why the Police are focussing so heavily on speed when the holiday toll is now higher, and the over all toll is some 50 people higher than last year.

Fairfax reports:

The North Canterbury road toll has climbed to three today after a woman died when a car and truck collided in Greta Valley.

Police said an elderly occupant of the car was killed and a child had been taken to hospital after a crash at about 4.30pm today.

Details of how the crash happened were not being released.

The death is the third on North Canterbury roads this holiday season. A 56-year-old motorcyclist was killed near Culverden on Sunday morning, and Jamie Shane Webb, 25, was killed when he was electrocuted after a crash near Glentui on Saturday.

With seven days to go until the holiday period is over, the national road toll is now at seven.

It appears too that none of the accidents causing death have involved speed, and are the result of carelessness or foreigners. One foreigner has been charged with careless use of a motor vehicle.

NZ Herald reports:

A German man has been charged over a fatal crash involving two groups of foreign drivers in Southland on Boxing Day.

The 43-year-old man has been charged with careless use causing death and two charges of careless use causing injury.

He would appear in Invercargill District Court tomorrow, police said.

With improving roads, vehicles with crumple zones, side intrusion beams and multiple airbags I suspect we are at a natural level of road toll, that will fluctuate somewhere between 250 and 350 people per annum. Which given the distances people travel, and the number of cars on the road for a population our size would seem about right.

You will never have a zero road toll. The focus now should be on driver training and improving roads and road surfaces.

At the moment the road toll stands at seven but with fine weather over most of the country the police can’t even blame conditions. That is all about to change though with expected bad weather and after several weeks of fine weather the roads are going to be extremely greasy and dangerous.

Setting up speed cameras at the end of passing lanes, or on the Northern motorway between Takapuna and Silverdale is simply revenue gathering.

Likewise Police sitting at the ends of passing lanes. All they are doing is preventing people from using the road as the designers intended.

They’d be better off increasing drink driving stops and pulling over caravans and boats with long streams of hot and frustrated drivers behind them.

 

– Fairfax, NZ Herald

 


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