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Smoke and miroring of quota toll disgusting

Smoke and miroring of quota toll disgusting
Candor Media Release
 
Candor Trust supports Chester Borrows view that quotas are not a good way to target the road toll, as the evidence which Government has been hiding behind massive amounts of spin as it paints a rosy picture of NZs killing fields, supports this.
 
The truth is that the stronger quotas are applied the higher the death and injury toll rises - that is the overall and highly tragic medium term trend as a result of ever rising quotas on a restricted offence range since 2003, despite a small gas price related respite lately.
 
A leaked email from Waitemata road policing Superindendent John Kelly says each full-time equivalent highway patrol officer is expected to issue 1420 tickets a year.
 
Mr Kelly repeated denials there was a quota system in response to queries about his email which says officers should write 560 speeding tickets a year, 130 for alcohol-related offences, 110 for restraint offences (mainly seatbelts and carseats), 220 for dangerous and careless driving and 400 for high-risk driving.
 
A spokesman for Police Minister Annette King said she maintained the line she took two years ago that she didn't support quotas. But Candor Trust say that clearly Mrs King does support Quotas - as we see little evidence of any major reorientation away from the dangerous system.
 
Her scientists within the NZ Police force and Ministry of Transport have been constructing line graphs plotting the lack of any relationship between the quotas used, with road trauma reductions for around a decade now.
 
And internal e-mails acquired by Candor Trust admit the system being used to fund an expanding Police Force doesn't work (for road safety), but recommend the Government try to believe that it does. The Ministry of Transport has taken care to dissociate itself from these comments by it's scientific advisor/s.
 
The failure of the quota system experiment is why the Government has moved away from a target of 300 toll deaths by 2010 to a pie insky one one of around 200 by 2040. First World road safety by 2040. Labour is clearly not being ambitious for New Zealand on road safety, and the clear sign of that is the lack of priority given to the drug driiving bill.
 
The question however remains - would Labour introduce an era of valuing road safety, and could it also come up with a way to reduce crime that differs from the current approach of general deterrence. Which essentially means putting masses of cops on revenue collecting detail, so the heavy visible presence of the thin blue line is self funded.
 
Candor is relieved to see that some straight shooters admit NZs pilot model for quota based Police forces is equally ineffective for road safety as it is for deterring general crime.
 
No murder by a domestic abuser or typical child road toll death is stopped by community awareness that cops are issuing millions of speed creep tickets, just outside the local school.
 
But lets hear about the alternatives to quotas having replaced road safety culture and real effective Policing methods from the contenders in the lead up to the election. Ongoing high general crime funded by Quota's which are projected to only achieve a first world road toll by 2040 won't cut it.
 
Even if the Dominion Post employs smoke and mirrors to call that level of political neglect (aiming for 200 road deaths by 2040) an ambitious goal. Something smells in the State of Denmark - and that thing creating a stench of piling up crash and homicide victims is the quotas ofthe Resource Allocation Experiment.
 
The safety of NZ citizens must not be jeopardised by this failed experiment - simply because the World Banks Transport Lender (ex LTNZ) is promoting that the NZ quota experiment should be  transplanted as a Policing model for all developing and middle income lands. Under his plan for a "top down" World Road (based) Police. This ultimate plan is made clear in recent lectures by the World Bank ex LTNZ architect of R.A.M.

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