‘BIG BAD DANGEROUS DRIVERS’
Moroney said she did not want the limit to be raised to its original level but police needed to focus their stretched resources on more serious offenders.
‘What I’m concerned about is because the police are cash-strapped under this government – the resources are going in the wrong direction and while the big bad dangerous drivers are continuing to cause an increased road toll the resources are being used on the minor offences instead’.
Asked whether police were putting too much focus on drink-drivers Moroney said ‘It could well be that’s the case’.
Drink-drivers at lower levels were ‘not what’s driving the road toll to go up’ and it was unclear whether the limit had actually saved lives.
‘We’re hopeful that it has but the road toll has gone up and that’s the defining answer about whether it actually has worked or not’.
Moroney said police needed to be properly funded and to focus on people who were ‘well past the drinking limit and well past the speeding limit’.
‘I’m concerned about making sure…that the resources are put into the places where the high speeds have been travelled and the outrageous amounts of alcohol have been consumed that we’re dealing with that because we’ve got a road toll going up against the trend’.
THE DEATH TOLL AND THE LAW
A total of 320 people died on the roads last year compared with 294 in 2014.
There have been 52 road deaths so far this year against 49 by the same time last year.
Before the new limit of 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood or 250 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath was introduced in December 2014 the Ministry of Transport estimated it would save three lives a year as well as 64 minor and serious injuries.
The old limit of 80mg or 400mcg remains the threshold for a criminal prosecution.
Drivers caught between the two limits receive a $200 fine – 50 demerit points and are banned from driving for the next 12 hours.
The single death caused by a driver between the two limits was in February 2015.
Police could not say whether the driver’s alcohol consumption was the lead cause of the crash.
Between December 2014 and August 2015 police issued 4917 infringement notices to motorists caught between the new and old limits.
(ed:..adding up the revenue-gathering argument..5,000 x $200 = about a million..
but this is a red herring..this is not the real issue..what also must be factored in..is the cost of the high number of personnel/equipment/time used in all these roadblocks/checkpoints they run..all over the country..
..that will be a massive amount of money..let us see that total..
..and then let us ask the question:..when/where about 15% of burglaries are solved..plus many other examples..too many to list..
..would it not make more sense for those police to expend those resources trying to solve those burglaries/catch those burglars..(as just one example..)..?
..instead if just pissing it all away in this exercise in waste/futility…this ‘easy policing’..just standing at a roadblock..intimidating innocent citizens..what a fucken doddle..!..eh..?..
..meanwhile the burglars go about their business..undisturbed by any pesky policemen..
..they are all somewhere being ‘busy’ with lots flashing lights and breathalysers..doing ‘make work’..
..that’s partly how the burglars know the coast is clear..
..and the politicians/police minister defend this..?..as an example of ‘good policing’..?