Police Minister reacts to public speed tolerance backlash

Here’s the statement he released

via Twitter

via Twitter

Reading between the lines, the tolerance will… after an ‘internal review’ be moved back to 4 km/h, which is, in all honesty, a sensible move.  It allows for small variances on speedometers, it allows for reaction time when the road suddenly dips down, and it allows drivers to stop worrying about getting speeding tickets for accidentally drifting one kilometer over the limit.

I have no problem with Police issuing a caution when people are caught in the 1-4 km/h over the limit zone, but it is entirely sensible to allow for real-life pragmatism where 100 and 101 really aren’t the difference between life and death in an accident.

To be pushing that message and turning drivers into bad people has been a huge disaster in terms of loss of goodwill for traffic policing in general.

It’s going to take some time to recover from this.


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