Credit where credit is due
For the first time since records began (I think) New Zealand had a Queens Birthday Weekend without a single death on the roads.
I’m a big fan of keeping people alive and think that this result is astounding. It also conveniently coincides with the second holiday weekend where Police totally cracked down on speeders (the first also saw a decrease in deaths).
It coincides so conveniently in fact, that I’m shocked with how so many people are going out of their way to remove any credit from the Police. Apparently it was a weather issue. Which is somewhat surprising because I don’t think the weather was that much worse than ANY other Queens Birthday in the past few decades, in fact the only factors that seems to have changed at all are:
- An increased overall awareness of speeding and road deaths – which has to be at least partially attributed to the police
- A 4km tolerance over the speed limit. Which is a new police strategy, enforced by police and almost without question can be attributed TO the police
I’m not sure why we’re all anti the police, I’m even less sure of why people think they are fully in control of their driving – our dismal death toll proves otherwise. I am, however, very sure that if the road toll went up, it would have 100% been attributed to the police and their new no-tolerance strategy.
We should be realistic, no one is a perfect driver, and speed does kill. No one is immune from crashing and we’ve had more than enough time to prove that as individuals, we can sort this issue out… And we haven’t.
It’s only unfortunate that by using prevention as a strategy, the police lose all credit for the lives they saved over the weekend. As someone on the road who, just by being in a car has a chance (albeit a small one), of winding up a statistic, I appreciate their efforts.