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Enough is Enough Jude

Enough is Enough Jude

Candor Trust

New Zealand has the highest road death rate in the OECD per vehicle km travelled and the highest death rate by Police pursuits, which Judith Collins has no problem with. No problem with the fact 70% of Police pursuit homicide victims are innocent parties.

Road safety has been in freefall since 2002 when George Hawkins signed off full rollout of the unsuccessful Southland trial of the Road Police RAM quota formula. Software that determines speed and alcohol quotas as the mainstay of our road safety program.

Chases have quadrupled since and 3 MoT reviews of the software tasking Police found it increases trauma, but the advice given by MoT was to ignore the results and try to believe the trial system works.

It should be obvious by now, after repeated rejection of IPCA recommendations to can chases over traffic ibnfringements, that Police are powerless to reform their policy, to fall in line with the evidence led countries (only chae violent offenders as traffic chases up net risk).

Our incredibly treacherous roads won't be fixed until a Royal Commission examines a heap of MoT documents acknowledging the failure of the quota based road safety program, enabling future policy to be evidence driven.

To deny NZ has a road safety management problem (tripled ACC crash bill to 7 billion since quota rollout), of which Police chase issues are but noxious part, makes Judith Collins look ill informed and safety disinterested.

Our excessive road toll through the application of loopy trials is the matter of Public interest most deserving of a Royal Commission today.


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