Police Association want more incentives to kill boy racers
Police chase policy 'licence to have a go'
The head of the police association says motorists who flee police are being given an incentive "to have a go" and fears more innocent people could be killed.
Police Association president Greg O'Connor said an increasing number of motorists did not fear the consequences when trying to evade police.
"They know that if they go fast enough, police will eventually pull out. But in making themselves go faster they are killing themselves and occasionally, innocent parties."
"What we have done is incentivised people to have a go. Herein lies our exact problem," said Mr O'Connor.
His comments follow the deaths of two men yesterday morning who fled police on two occasions, in Mount Maunganui and Papamoa, before crashing in Te Puke.
They men had not been named late yesterday.
The fatal smash brings the number of people who have died in police pursuits this year to 18 in 12 pursuits - the worst on record.
The previous highest was six deaths in 2008.
Mr O'Connor said the maximum fine for drivers fleeing police was $10,000, but this was rarely imposed.
In an astounding step, Police Cheerleader Greg O’Conner defended the 18th death by police chases this year by claiming that the law isn’t tough enough on boy racers and so a $10 000 fine imposed on fleeing boy racers would stop them from fleeing.
Let’s get this straight, the Hulk angry smash car Crusher Collins crap initiated by redneck enthusiast Clayton Cosgrove isn’t harsh enough, the impounding powers on boy racers isn’t scary enough, the new laws aimed at boy racers aren’t draconian enough, oh no, now the Police would like to justify their revenue gathering policies which has seen our death rate from police chases skyrocket by now demanding all boy racers who flee get fined $10 000?
Have I woken up at a Ku Klux Klan rally brothers and sisters? The authorities have terrified the piss out of boy racers by enforcing revenue gathering policies at the cost of public safety and the Police Association think the best way to deal with frightened boy racers who take off in the heat of the moment is by enforcing $10 000 fines?
Why don’t the NZ Police just use rocket propelled grenades against boy racers, if we are going to structure social policy that actually kills people, shouldn’t we just let them go the whole hog? How would enforcing $10 000 fines stop boy racers from fleeing, won’t it in fact lead to every citizen trying to flee a Police chase? See why the Police shouldn’t be allowed to come up with their own laws like the search and surveillance powers which are being debated this month where the Police want the right to spy on you with as little judicial oversight as possible.
Maybe I’m going out on a limb here brothers and sisters, but let’s tell the Police what we want them to do rather than allowing the Police tell us what they want to do.