So how did that focus on speed go for the Police last year?

Last year the Police repeatedly announced that they were going to have zero tolerance on speed…that they were going to have a low tolerance to speed.

So how did that work out for them? After all, in the years preceding, the Police claimed it was their focus on speed that enabled lower road tolls.

Not so well, it turns out.

The provisional road toll for all of last year is 321, the highest number since 2010.

“It’s incredibly sad and disappointing to have lost so many lives on our roads in 2015,” Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss said when it was announced.

“The road toll is not just a number – every figure represents not only the life lost but also grieving families, friends and communities.” ?

During the holidays a year ago, 14 people died as a result of road crashes. There were also 226 reported injury crashes. Those crashes resulted in 16 deaths, 78 serious injuries and 267 minor injuries.

The deaths include seven drivers, seven passengers and 2 motorcycle riders.

The highest holiday road toll was recorded in 1972/73, with 37 deaths. The lowest was three years ago, when six people died.

The Ministry of Transport’s official holiday period started at 4pm on Christmas Eve and will end at 6am this Tuesday, January 5.

The holiday toll is now at 10, double digits, and likely to go higher. People travelling home tomorrow are going to be held up by wallies driving at 95km/h because they have been terrified by the Police campaigns that speeders are dreadful, thereby extending the travel times of others, and increasing tiredness and fatigue.

On my drive back from Hawkes Bay the other day I was astonished by how many people were driving well under 100km/h on the open road. At one stage there was a long stream of traffic trapped behind a cock doing about 90km/h. We drove past several Police who did nothing about the massive queue forming behind this obnoxious toe-rag. ?The amount of reckless passing that occurred because of this cock was incredible, but that is the level of frustration he was causing as he blithely trundled along making sure HE wasn’t speeding.

The Police need to start getting serious and stop running campaigns that are nothing more than slogans.


– NZ Herald