2016 Road toll blowout likely to lead to more inane measures

AA has issued a warning to road users following the concerning figures, which show 255 people have been killed this year compared to 253 in 2013.

AA motoring affairs general manager Mike Noon said 2013’s toll was a record low, but with 81 days left of this year, things were not looking good.

“In 2013 New Zealand had a record low road toll of 253 deaths but since then the number of road deaths has sadly gone back up,” he said.

“The AA is extremely sad and concerned to see more people hurt and dying in crashes.

“Our population has grown and the amount people are driving is increasing but the question of why we have seen the road toll go up significantly from 2013 is something authorities need to be looking at.”

Noon warned all road users to take responsibility when on the road.

“Every time someone slows down in poor conditions, or makes sure they have a good following distance, or doesn’t use their cellphone when driving could be the time that saves a life.

We can’t blame the police for trying to get the road toll down. ?It can’t be fun having to scrape people off the road and hand them to grieving families in bits and pieces. ??

But we have seen how 1 km/h “tolerance” didn’t work. ?And this is also after tightening the alcohol limit. ? On the latter, I always maintained that catching people who are half a glass of beer over the limit wasn’t going to make the roads any safer.

One of the things that bothers me about road toll statistics is that it is never normalised to the number of hours cars spend on the road (preferably) or at least how many cars are on the road. ?We all know instinctively that if we have a housing crisis, and a school and health crisis all brought on by a brisk and continuous immigration back into our country, there have to be more cars on the road also.

But no matter what way you stretch the numbers, there will be some people sitting at a meeting table staring at a white board “brain storming” ideas as to how to get their annual bonus by meeting that “lower the toll to X” KPI.

As drivers, we’re likely to face more ridiculous measures to try and control the uncontrollable: ?people.


– NZ Herald