Corrupt government, malignant police force…
Posted by te2ataria on February 2, 2016
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Police minister, union back deadly chase policy… naturally!
Both the gatekeeper police minister and the rotten police union have backed the deadly car pursuit policy that has left three teenagers dead, a fourth in a coma, and at least three others seriously injured in two chases within 7 days.
“Police Minister Judith Collins backed the officers involved in the incident,” she said, “it’s the people driving dangerously who are at fault,” according to a report.
“It’s very important that police don’t give over the roads to people who steal cars and then drive dangerously and put everyone’s lives at risk, including their own,” she told RNZ.
[The act of driving dangerously and causing road fatalities should be left to police drivers.]
What do the experts say?
Safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson, who edits the car review website, dogandlemon.com, also wants the police to abandon most car chases.
“Comments by the police minister, that young people need to be reminded of the devastating consequences of fleeing police, suggest the minister doesn’t understand basic medical science.”
“These are kids. They don’t think; that’s the point; their brains haven’t developed sufficiently to make rational decisions.”
“Young drivers who try and flee police get a rush of adrenaline and just take off at high speed. However, the police who are pursuing a fleeing car shouldn’t allow a similar rush of adrenaline to replace their own sound judgment.”
“The police have other options: they can use surveillance cameras, helicopters, road spikes, or simply notify other police cars and quietly pursue the fleeing vehicle at a distance.”
“These fleeing drivers aren’t going to stop and think what they’re doing, so it’s up to the police to use their heads instead.”
In Tasmania, Australia, police chases for minor offences are banned. Police in Tasmania say the ban has not stopped them catching criminals.
Assistant Commissioner Donna Adams of the Tasmanian Police told Metro magazine that the Police, who initially opposed the ban on car chases, now strongly support it.
Assistant Commissioner Adams said that while police could still pursue vehicles for serious crimes in progress, such as robbery or murder, “they’re very few and far between.”
Adams added that the ban has not impacted on enforcement of laws. People aren’t drink-driving or nicking vehicles with impunity, she says, because they’re still getting caught.
A former police officer told Metro that police sometimes lie about car chases. “It becomes an intensely personal battle between the chasing officer and the offender,” he said.
- In 2010, at least 18 drivers were killed in police pursuits. The statistics are only for drivers, and do not apply to other members of the public killed or injured in police pursuits. We’ve been unable to find data for the subsequent years.]
- Police Minister Judith Collins’ office provided NZPA further statistics showing that in 2010 there were 2211 fleeing driver incidents with 354 crashes (16 per cent), in 2009 it was 2349 with 388 crashes (16.5 per cent), 2155 with 505 crashes in 2008 (23.4 per cent), 2435 and 584 crashes in 2007 (24 per cent) and 2234 and 546 crashes in 2006 (24.4 per cent). Around 30 per cent of cars involved in fleeing driver incidents had been stolen. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10713137
- During the fiscal years of 2008-09 and 2012-13 police stopped an average of 2,687,851 vehicles per year, during those same periods there was an average of 2284 fleeing driver incidents. http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/75637631/more-than-100-fleeing-drivers-in-southern-district-in-first-10-months-of-2015–police
- police execute two more boys aged 14 and 15 in deadly pursuit Posted on January 31, 2016
- 16-year-old executed extrajudicially by New Zealand police named Posted on January 25, 2016
- Police chase teen to her death, leave another in critical condition Posted on January 24, 2016
NEWS BLACKOUT continues: only high-profile fatalities may get reported
Road Fatalities and Tourist Deaths: NEWS BLACKOUT continues in New Zealand – DAY 46
Meanwhile, readers may be wondering how many road fatalities have occurred lately that have not been reported, due to the ongoing news blackout.
Ministry of Transport (heavily doctored) Road Toll:
|Road deaths year to date|
|As at 02 February 2016||32|
|Same time last year||26|
|Fatal crashes year to date|
|As at 02 February 2016||29|
|Same time last year||26|
- Blog estimate: up to 101 road fatalities have [most probably] occurred in NZ since 1 January 2016.