On this blog I’ve railed against the stupid policies of the Police when fining drivers going marginally over the speeding limit.
Because all they’re doing is alienating the NZ public whom they need to be on their side when the sh*t hits the fan.
And we saw this the other day when 12 people stood around and watched a woman get attacked by a male. They didn’t intervene. And with good reason. If they had, they would have been charged by the Police and ended up with a conviction against their name.
But also because the huge manpower utilised in ticketing drivers doing 55 km/hr or 105 km/hr could be better spent elsewhere, like you know, catching rapists, murderers, people breaking into cars and houses etc. These people know they have a pretty free time of it – as long as they don’t speed to or from their crimes that is!
And now we see the Police actively lying to further push their ‘road safety’ (read money making and control inducing) campaign. Link.
Police admit being wrong over truckie
Police have admitted a truck driver was wrongly blamed for causing a crash featured in a road safety campaign.
The driver was not on his mobile phone, as claimed in a caption over the video footage of the accident.
The video was published online at the weekend and features real footage of crashes on New Zealand roads.
One shows a car clip the front of a truck as it begins to merge lanes, then hit a car driven by former police officer Simon Cathcart. Mr Cathcart’s car is then shunted into the path of the truck, causing it to barrel-roll.
The words “This truck driver was on his phone” flash over the screen seconds before the clip of the horror crash – but police now concede the driver was not on his phone at all.
“There was a simple misunderstanding over the information supplied with the video, which led to the wrong caption being used. We can confirm there was no mobile phone involved,” a police statement said.
Well I’m sure they intentionally lied about this for 2 reasons: 1) To keep ramming home their message that cellphones are the most dangerous things since the Big Bang – which allows them to keep fining people – which is big money to the Police and 2) Because they were fairly sure they’d get away with it.
Shame on the NZ Police!
Update: Some Karma, but really just goes to show what a stupid inescapable system it is.