Low road toll in spite of lack of attempts to make it so

File / not this specific accident

File / not this specific accident

Three people have died on New Zealand’s roads over the Labour Day weekend, down from five last year.

The fatalities included 79-year-old Te Rauoriwa Daphne Pomare, the country’s first female Maori detective.

She died died from the injuries suffered in a head-on crash on State Highway 1 south of Paekakariki late on Sunday morning.

On Monday, a 56-year-old man has died when a motorcycle and car collided at Wallacetown, west of Invercargill.

Another person was killed after their car hit a median strip and then a truck on the Southern Motorway near Pokeno on Sunday.

Last year five people died over the holiday period which ended at 6am on Tuesday.

There was no one km/h “tolerance” limit.

There wasn’t a concerted effort to “focus” on a specific aspect of driving, such as speed, fatigue, or distractions.

Instead, the police had a totally hands-off approach, other than just to put out some warnings to take care on the roads.

I’ve said that the results don’t prove that any of the police’s previous ‘campaigns’ had any effect. ?And similarly, by essentially not doing much at all, the results have confirmed it again.

Because if police had actual control over the road toll during a long holiday weekend, it should have produced an obvious spike in road fatalities.

As previously indicated, the general “background noise” of road fatalities is about 1-2 per day anyway, so 3 deaths on a 3 day weekend is hardly remarkable.

Please – let these ridiculous tolerance limit and other campaigns be a feature of the past. ?They are just at aggravating factor at worst, and totally useless at best.


– NZN via Yahoo! News