Thursday, January 1, 2015

An Erie Silence Descends?


Our esteemed Traffic Stormtroopers, late in the lead up to the current holiday period, announced the removal of any tolerance in speed enforcement measures after several previous alterations to the unofficial 9kph down to 4kph at holiday times.

This brought about a rather concerted dismay as anyone with a modicum of intelligence or understanding knows that an odometer reading in any vehicle can easily have a ten percent inaccuracy due to tyre size, wear, and instrument failing.

No the boys in blue decided to extinguish a further chunk of their declining public support in a futile pursuit of yet another "campaign" while again ignoring the salient fact that almost all the reductions in the death toll were directly attributable to vastly improved vehicle safety and road improvements while the next most productive area of traffic safety that  lies in improving our acknowledged  disastrous level of testing, monitoring of the skill and knowledge levels of all drivers is ignored.

That a foreign national with unknown documented record of any ability on our roads and traffic volumes at 100kph can hire any vehicle up to three tonnes gross wt can be launched,  within hours of arrival by air following many hours of travel, in a hire vehicle, is just one aspect of how ill-equipped some drivers out there actually are

As the evidence of the current and still climbing death toll from this festive season rolls on it is clear and obvious that driver error seems to be the most likely area of cause of death.
The Landrover Discovery that attempted a u-turn in the path of an apparently fully compliant logging truck being one of the early and certain indications as to what my analysis suggests.

However after many years of a serious media assault including many endless updates and graphic comprehensive news items on the mounting toll, this year it seems to me that a cone of silence has descended on publishing such facts.
Oh sure there are some pressers on details of a latest  accident involving fatalities but any accumulation of data and followup articles on the condition of initial survivors is rather sparse in the electronic media I follow.

The media response to  events this year suggests to me that the charges of revenue gathering rather than enforcement only gathers support as a valid public perception.

As an aside, on our travels since the ludicrous and widely unpopular zero tolerance was introduced my take is they have slowed almost everyone down a few kph but driver behavior only seems to get worse and the road toll rises unhindered, alas.

A a result of complacency, incompetence or a connivance who knows but one apparent signal from the published information comes with a growing realisation that the speed factor in our current death stats makes the charge of g more 

13 comments:

JC said...

The police will correctly rate this years holiday road toll their most successful ever.

Some Grinchs will claim the death toll doubled but the cops will point out they finally nailed the most pernicious and dangerous road abusers of all, to whit, the mums and dads who hit 101.5kph on the open road.

The cops have been gunning for this large group for decades because sober family drivers have evaded their responsibilities to fill Govt coffers by religiously driving within the accepted speed limits these last 100 years.

Best of all, this is the one group that actually pay their fines and don't attack cops who deliver their smug homilies about dangerous driving.. not at all like those other hoons who cause 80% of the speed fatalities and don't pay their fines because they are either dead or contemptuous of the system.

We can look forward to many other ingenious devices to further entrap good, sober and safe drivers in the years to come.

JC

Howard said...

"almost all the reductions in the death toll were directly attributable to vastly improved vehicle safety and road improvements while the next most productive area of traffic safety that lies in improving our acknowledged disastrous level of testing, monitoring of the skill and knowledge levels of all drivers is ignored."

That's very interesting. Can you provide me with the evidence you are using to rely on these assertions? You know, facts and such. I realise that you often don't consider the things like facts are useful, but on this occasion you have produced a couple, so it would be gr8 to know where you got them from. Thanks!

gravedodger said...

While you have been asleep Howie there have been many many fact based assertions that support the serious safety advances in more recently constructed vehicles with crumple zones, passenger "cocoons", massively strengthened pillars both in metalurgy and bulk, airbags, harness restraints, glass, fuel cutoffs, tires, suspension, dashboard design.
Such advances that had they not been available for those of us fortunate enough to be able to read and comprehend have been observed by those charged with extracting bodies from wrecks which I involved myself in for the first 13 years of my retirement as a volly ambo and fireman.

As to the second assertion you take issue with, again by reading and comprehending news on recent accidents it is reasonably clear to me that speed and alcohol are not major recurring factors but driver error seems to be rather prominent.

Sadly with your clearly deficient skills in absorbing reasoned freely available information, incomplete I accept, you would need someone else to relay to you what is patently obvious to anyone with an IQ greater than their shoe size.

It is considered opinion based on available information you thick prick.

Howard said...

Just asking for a link to the research you're relying on to support your claim that "almost all the reductions in the death toll were directly attributable to vastly improved vehicle safety and road improvements".

And some facts to support your strident claim that "the next most productive area of traffic safety that lies in improving our acknowledged disastrous level of testing, monitoring of the skill and knowledge levels of all drivers".

Don't say you haven't got these. I would be most disappointed to discover you simply made things up. Thanks!

gravedodger said...

Howard having over ten years around training and realtime cutting up cars and other vehicles I have formed some realtime opinions from knowledge gained.
It is possible to do a roof cut off and dash roll of an HQ Holden in considerable less time than a 2014 V8 also a damaged body in the HQ will be in considerably worse shape with accompanying reduced life expectancy than one from the modern vehicle in a similar moi factor.

I am writing opinions based on experience and accumulated knowledge.

Or are you suggesting you need a link to some research before you can work out if you are hungry.

Now if it is so certain my opinion is flawed to the point of being flat out wrong then you provide links to relevant info to make your case.

Howard said...

You have no evidence for your bald assertions, then. It's unfortunate you are claiming your evidence-free opinions as facts. They are quite different things, and you should acknowledge that up front. You damage your credibility as a commentator otherwise. A lesson for the future eh? Love your work.

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Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Howie, you are a pain in the arse.

I saw a 2009 gummint report the other day which unequivocally concluded most vehicular fatalities are not caused by speed.

Go and find it.

Howard said...

"I saw a 2009 gummint report the other day which unequivocally concluded most vehicular fatalities are not caused by speed."

Whether you did nor not is not relevant to the discussion, so there's no need to go and find it. But anyway, they're all caused by speed, it's axiomatic. Thanks for playing, Adolf.

gravedodger said...

@Howie
But anyway, they're all caused by speed, it's axiomatic
?

Howard said...

Ever heard of a crash involving two stationary vehicles? No motion, no loss of separation. It's pretty fundamental.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Howie

have a look at today's TVNZ News. You'll see two fatal accidents recorded. On on the beach and one at a roundabout.

Both accidents confirm GD's argument and make you look somewhat like a fuckwit.

None was the result of excessive speed. Both were the result of driver error and or inexperience.

Howard said...

Mr Gravedodger's assertions were that:

"almost all the reductions in the death toll were directly attributable to vastly improved vehicle safety and road improvements while the next most productive area of traffic safety that lies in improving our acknowledged disastrous level of testing, monitoring of the skill and knowledge levels of all drivers is ignored."

Neither of which are proved by a couple of accidents reported on the television (both of which may have involved excessive speed). You really, really struggle with things like evidence and facts don't you, Adolf? Tell me, what qualifies you to so stridently, abusively and yet erroneously claim a monopoly on truth?