Lower speed and alcohol tolerances a complete failure: 16 dead


This is such a fast moving situation, we’re now up to 16 fatalities, two more since I wrote about this early this morning.

Can we please dispense with the ridiculous idea that fining good people solves the problem of those that are stuffing it up at the extreme end?

A person has died today from their injuries sustained in a Boxing Day crash, bringing the holiday road toll to 16.

The passenger was travelling on the back of a utility vehicle which crashed in Raglan. Police are not releasing their name or any more details at this stage.

Last night, a motorcyclist became the 15th victim, dying near Arthur’s Pass.

Police were called to the scene just before 6pm on SH73. The victim’s next-of-kin are now being identified.

The holiday road toll is now more than double what it was last year…

Police are blaming alcohol, speeding or a combination of the two as the cause of most crashes.

And none of those were near the new limits.  Nobody died going 101 km/h.

Stop being dumb automatons blaming “speed” and “alcohol” when the real problem is with idiots.

Target idiots, and leave good, law abiding and otherwise non-problem people alone.

Stop using the majority of the population as an excuse to extract their hard earned money from their bank accounts for trivial transgressions while the true idiots are still out there maiming and killing.

Alcohol doesn’t kill.   People who excessively drink and drive do.

Speed doesn’t kill.   People who drive at ridiculous speed for the conditions do.

Idiots are the problem.

Focus on them.


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