No apology for acting against road carnage

No apology for acting against road carnage

Howard Broad, Police Commissioner

If you are heading off on the roads this Queen’s Birthday weekend then New Zealand Police would like this to happen without you killing or maiming yourself, your family or someone else on the roads.

Sound obvious?

The Easter road toll this year was horrific. Twelve people died – the highest number in 18 years – and hundreds more were injured. This is unacceptable.

As a community, when will we decide we cannot tolerate the loss of so many lives on our roads?

As a driver, when will you realise every time you get behind the wheel, you are doing one of the most dangerous things you will ever do?

Driving demands and deserves your total attention. It is probably the only time in your life when your decisions are truly life and death for yourself and the people you share the road with. Doesn’t that deserve your full attention?

Get it wrong and you kill or injure your loved ones, innocent road users, or yourself.

But it’s not all about you. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and we will be doing our bit too.

We will be out in strength this weekend doing everything within our powers to stop you making poor and dangerous driving decisions. Sometimes we will be obvious – sometimes we won’t be.

We make no apology for this. If you dismiss it as revenue gathering then you are shrugging off your responsibility of care, and saying it is acceptable for you and other drivers to put you and your family at risk.

Your part is quite simple really. It’s about not speeding, not crossing the centre line, not driving tired, not driving after drinking or taking drugs, not talking on your mobile phone while driving, and not taking risks.

Police don’t want to spend another holiday weekend dealing with carnage on the roads, so please help us in our goal of saving lives.

Together, we can all get there.

Road death statistics, updated daily (NZ Transport Agency)