#Let’sfixthis

This was the government that was going to fix everything. From the economy to housing, to the drug problem, to climate change, to child poverty, to the road toll, to old white men. This government was going to fix up ‘nine years of neglect’ and make the world a happy place again.

So how are we going with all those promises, Cindy?

Let us take a look at just one of them. Newstalk ZB reports: quote.

A horror weekend on New Zealand roads has left at least six people dead in eight major crashes, and several others fighting for their lives.

It has bumped the year’s current road toll above last year’s, and road safety experts say New Zealand may be on track to have its worst year in over a decade.

The latest Ministry of Transport figures for road deaths for the year to Friday of 325 was on par for the same time last year, but the horror weekend was sure to take it above.

Last year 378 people died on New Zealand roads, the highest since 2009, when 384 people lost their lives. The next worst toll was in 2007 with 421 dead.

AA road safety spokesman Dylan Thomsen said in the early years of this decade New Zealand saw a substantial improvement in road safety, reaching a low point in 2013 when 253 died.

Since then the country had been on a “steady climb” back up. end quote.

This was not supposed to happen, was it? Where are we at with “Vision Zero” – the plan to reduce road deaths to zero each year?

The answer is that the number of road deaths has risen this year and the total number for the year will be higher than last year. Possibly a lot higher. quote.

“It is extremely sad and frustrating for everybody involved in road safety. We are not seeing any improvement in the number of people being killed from last year.”

Thomsen said there was no simple answer as to why more people were dying on our roads.

“The population has increased, more people are driving, more kilometres are being travelled and more freight moved on the roads, but that does not account for all of that increase.”

While other countries had also seen little improvement in road safety, New Zealand was one of the worst.

“A lot of developed countries have either stopped having improvements or seen some increases, but New Zealand has definitely been the worst in terms of the climb from 2013 to where we are now.” end quote.

This government is very good at talking about what they are going to do, but when it comes to actual results, they are proving to be completely hollow. 2020 is just over a year away. “Vision Zero” for 2020 is not going to happen. As the number of road deaths is heading in the wrong direction at the moment, it is going to take a huge effort to reverse the trend. It won’t happen by 2020.

Maybe Julie-Anne Genter’s plan is to ban all cars. That would certainly reduce road crashes.

Then there is this, also from Newstalk ZB quote.

Police are responding faster to emergency events, despite answering the phone slightly slower.

“That’s not to say that the response is slow just because there is a length or delay of calls being answered.”

He said part of the problem appears to be a change in system where the 111 line now handles all calls. end quote.

So it is taking longer for emergency calls to be answered. This is not good enough. It may only be a few seconds longer, but a few seconds can be a lifetime in an emergency situation. quote.

“Years ago people used to phone a police station or their local police station directly and they used to handle a lot of calls and it was only those emergency calls that went through to comms centres, now that emphasis seems to have changed.” end quote.

So the road toll is worse, response times for emergency calls are slower, and incidentally, there have been 36 workplace fatalities since this government took over.

This government is really good at talking about the things it is going to do. Brilliant in fact. However, they are finding that talk is cheap, but it also builds expectation. People expect a government that talks itself up to reduce the road toll, to extinguish workplace deaths and to have a faster response time to emergency calls.

It also expects them to build houses, to fix child poverty and to reduce waiting times in the health service.

How is that all working out, Jacinda?

#letsfixthis.


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