Stubborn Police aren’t listening to… everyone else


“We got it wrong”.

A statement you won’t get from Police on the failed speed tolerance experiment.

Police will continue their crackdown on speed and alcohol after a holiday period in which 17 people died on the country’s roads.

The toll is more than double those of the same holiday period in each of the last two years.

There was a high number of fatalities despite last month’s introduction of a lower breath alcohol limit and police discretion to enforce a zero speed limit.

Yep.  So it failed.


Road Policing Assistant Commissioner Dave Cliff said today that the long-term trends were “really positive” and the stricter enforcement measures could not be judged over a short period of time.

“We know that over time [the road toll] is coming down, but if you take really short periods of time, like holiday periods, you can’t draw conclusions because the time period is just too short.”

Police would continue to maintain vigilance on the roads, he said.
Initial indications showed that alcohol and speed had been factors in at least eight of the deaths, he said.

This holiday period toll was “tragic”, but not a long-term trend.

He answered criticism that the police’s focus on speed was not working by saying they based their road policing policy on proven scientific evidence and not individuals’ opinions.

The official holiday road toll started at 4pm on Christmas Eve and finished today at 6am.
The latest reported death happened about 1.50am today, when a man’s vehicle crashed into a lamp-post in Christchurch.

Mr Cliff said it was devastating that so many people had lost their lives these holidays and it was due to the same common factors.

“It is a bad decision to drive after drinking. It’s that simple.”

Sure Mr Cliff.  I get that.  But it isn’t the ones that had three beers instead of two, or drove 101 km/h instead of 100. Is it?  Stop messing good people around pretending it addresses the problem.

“But we all have a role to play, so to all New Zealanders, all family members, all friends, please slow down on our roads.”

Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss said any death or serious injury on the roads was one too many.

“Provisional data suggests alcohol, speed or both contributed to 12 of the holiday period fatalities. So many of these accidents, and the pain and suffering they cause, are avoidable. Give yourself the best chance of survival by driving to the conditions, wearing a seatbelt and avoiding alcohol before getting behind the wheel,” he said.

Come on Fossy.  Be honest.  Speed and alcohol nowhere near the new tolerance limits.  Do I have to fire off an OIA to make you admit it?

Stop stuffing good people around, and concentrate on the idiots.


– Rebecca Quillam, NZ Herald


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