Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Fining Drivers Won’t Make Our Roads Any Safer

Media Release 13 August 2003

Fining Drivers Won’t Make Our Roads Any Safer

The Government’s appetite for fines revenue is in danger of discrediting road safety the Automobile Association warned today.

“The Government’s proposed ‘get tough’ approach to traffic policing simply amounts to lowering the threshold at which police will be able to hand out infringement notices. All it means is that more and more normally law abiding people will receive tickets for relatively minor offences.”, AA Public Affairs Director George Fairbairn said.

The Minister of Transport, Paul Swain indicated at the Local Authority Traffic Institute’s annual conference yesterday that the Government was looking at introducing hidden speed cameras, adding demerits to speed camera tickets, reducing the blood alcohol limit and reducing the speed limit threshold.

Mr Fairbairn said while visible Police presence on the roads makes a difference which has been clearly shown by the operation of the Highway Patrol, covert operations must be questioned and are more likely to be viewed by many as a means of revenue collecting. Traffic fines revenues have increased from $151 million in 1999-2000 to $198 million with $262 million uncollected.

“Until late last year there was general acknowledgement by government agencies that the only way the road toll would come down to the 2010 target of 300 would be if the Government spent more on making our roads safer. The Government now seems to believe that it can fine drivers into safety while increasing revenue in the process. This will in the Association’s view threaten to erode public good will and destroy public support for road safety enforcement.” Mr Fairbairn said.

The Association called for the Government to ‘get tough’ on the worst offenders by increasing existing penalties for higher level offences instead of lowering thresholds to create a catch-all situation that would alienate public support. It also reiterated its calls for the Government to ‘get real’ on spending for safer roads.

“People make mistakes, and people make mistakes while driving, this is inevitable. What is not inevitable is that the consequences of making mistakes should be death or serious injury. That can be prevented by improving vehicle standards and making roads more failsafe. The Government has already improved vehicle standards but even while increasing taxes and fines revenue much more has to be done to remedy the deficiencies on our roading network. Without that level of funding on road engineering, any significant gains in the road toll figure are unlikely.” Mr Fairbairn said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

The report found that one in five children under the age of 15 - amounting to between 161,000 and 188,000 children - experience moderate-to-severe food insecurity, meaning they can’t count on having regular nutritious meals. More>>


Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>


Billion Trees: Questions Over Shanes Jones Carbon Claims

“Officials estimate the actual value of the One Billion Trees (OBT) scheme will be just a third of the amount Mr Jones claimed, at about $900 million, and that he padded the number by including $800 million of ETS benefits and $1 billion of business-as-usual activity..." More>>

'Sovereignty Concerns': Plans To Sign UN Migration Pact

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More>>


Most Vulnerable Face Most Risk: Sea Level Rise Threatens Major Infrastructure

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Pope Of Parliament

’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament... More>>


Abortion: Hundreds March To Call For Decriminalisation

About 300 protesters marched to Parliament this afternoon calling on MPs to vote in favour of decriminalising abortion. A recent report by the Law Commission to the government recommended removing it from the Crimes Act. More>>


Secondary Negotiations: PPTA Rejects 'Another Inadequate Offer'

Hard on the heels of an overwhelming rejection of the government’s second offer, the union’s representatives did not believe that the latest offer was good enough to take out to members... More>>


eGates And Social Security: PM Meets With Korean President Moon Jae-In

Our shared values and challenges, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the opportunity to do more together were features of the meeting between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in today in Auckland. More>>





InfoPages News Channels