Automobile Association ignores elephant in the room

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AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen said over the last two years very low numbers of people were killed on the roads during the holidays, at six and seven deaths.

“Unfortunately, this year, we’ve seen it go back up to at least 16. That takes us back to basically where we were three years ago, where there were 19 people killed,” he said.

Yes.  So, your conclusion Mr Dylan Thomsen?

“Everybody would have liked us to at least be able to continue the trend of the last few years or have even less deaths. That hasn’t happened, unfortunately.”

It proves that the speed tolerance experiment has failed and can now be shelved.   But why aren’t the Automobile Association calling for this on behalf of their members?

We all know we need some degree of tolerance for speeding when overtaking.  Doing it at the speed limit will put many more people in danger through built-up frustration.

It is time the AA backs drivers instead of the failed road policing policies.

In all the holidays where the speed limit tolerance was reduced, it only resulted in less deaths once.  Every other time, it has not.   And as we’ve noted, the weather hasn’t even been a factor for the police to use to “explain” the problem.  Instead, they’re back on speed and alcohol.

Fine, we know this.  But it is EXCESSIVE speed and EXCESSIVE alcohol.

Leave the good people alone.

 

– RNZ


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