Top cop: ‘We should have been clearer’ about summer road safety campaign
Police Commissioner Mike Bush has admitted there was some confusion surrounding police’s summer road safety campaign and has acknowledged that police should have been clearer about what speed levels would be enforced.
This comes after the campaign was widely criticised by the public and other agencies, with many calling it ambiguous and confusing.
Today, Mr Bush said he had listened to public feedback on the summer road safety campaign and hoped police would learn from the experience.
It’s strange how the simple issue of Police discretion on the roadside when it is aimed at the middle classes of NZ provokes such a quick response and backdown from the Police isn’t it? Only 14 tickets were issued over the holiday period for drivers driving between 1km and 4km over the speed limit so it’s hardly been a drag net of power abuse, but such is the privilege of those complaining and whining that it is suddenly a story important enough to prompt the Minister to mutter some meaningless words of comfort to the ruffled feathers and egos of those who felt targeted.
That a Minister with the dullness of Woodhouse has been forced to comment speaks volumes about the privilege those complaining.
It’s funny because Police discretion is used when charging people with cannabis offences in this country as well and on that front if you are young, brown or poor that discretion always seems focused on charging.
It seems that when National voters feel targeted by Police discretion over speeding, they can get an immediate apology from the Police Commissioner and sweet nothings from the Minister, when the young, brown or poor get targeted by Police discretion over cannabis – that’s business as usual.