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Hawkins Is Dangerously Out Of Touch

Police Minister George Hawkins is dangerously out of touch with officers and the public of New Zealand, ACT Police Spokesman Ken Shirley said today.

"Mr Hawkins today defended the 'three-contacts' rule which, in practice, forces Highway Patrol officers to issue three tickets every hour without discretion.

"Speaking at the Trafinz Meeting in Hamilton, Mr Hawkins said:

'These minimum contact guidelines are essential.. . . . Contact guidelines are here to stay, and I support them wholeheartedly'.

"Mr Hawkins has lost any sense of reality if he believes New Zealanders support his blatant money-spinning agenda. He is out of sync with the members of the Highway Patrol who have to comply with his silly rules.

"Mr Hawkins sees New Zealand drivers as a lucrative source of revenue, and this rule is all about increasing the Government's coffers rather than reducing the road toll," Ken Shirley said.


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