Why not just use rocket propelled grenades on fleeing drivers?
Jail touted for cop-chase first timers
Drivers who flee from police patrols could face a jail term even if it is their first offence. The prospect of routine imprisonment looms after 16 people died in police pursuits last year.
WTF? I read this and spilled my coffee choking, how in good gods name would throwing first time fleeing drivers into prison stop or deter panicked drivers from fleeing even faster? Did I fall asleep and wake up in Paul Henry World? All this would do is ensure more fleeing drivers, you would think after the embarrassing Judith Collins car crushing crap that the Government wouldn't want to add extra incentives to flee the Police and would instead start listening to the numerous and numerous and numerous reports from the Independent Police Complaints Authority criticizing Police chase policies.
Why don't they just give the Police bloody rocket propelled grenades to fire at fleeing drivers, it would probably have less of a kill rate than the current Police policy.
Let's remind ourselves of what the Candor Trust had to say about the revenue gathering requirements and how they impact chases...
The Goddard report identified that in the last 5 years almost all chase deaths started with minor infringements that would almost certainly have not ended in death with no chase. 1 in 4 chases ends with a bang. We're not talking axe murderers here - we're talking letting Aime people get away with being 10k over the limit as the cops allowed before the quota software was bought in. Chase deaths happen inevitably in the first few minutes of chases as people are paniced. A 50% rise in police highway hours (funded by the revenue approach) took highway crash costs from 1.61billion to 1.6 billion - it overrode the safety savings made by a lot of safety engineering. Minister Hawkins signed off use of the quota software in 2003 explained to him by Rob Robinson as "a large increase in tickets" (meeting 30 National Road Safety Committee). The software is a prototype invented in NZ by Dr Guria and others at MoT (it sets district police quotas for drink drive busts and speed tickets) and is likely for roll out in the 2nd world under the tutelage of the new Wellington based agency Roadpol (global police under UN) which Rob Robinson heads up. 3 early reviews in 2005 found that the quota software - a formula created as part of the MOT RAM project "to develop and refine a resource allocation model for road safety" - had reverse to intended effects. It increases crash trauma as the dose of quotas rises.
... I always counter that other countries have adapted their Police chase policy, yet we don't, so what does an American police expert think of our chase policy...
Geoff Alpert, a consultant to police in North America, described New Zealand's approach as out of step with a trend to restrict chases to violent offenders.
Discretion had been "restricted drastically" in much of the US and Canada because of the the number of fatalities and the enormous expense arising from pursuit crashes, Dr Alpert told the Herald in September.
Public opinion in the US had swung away from pursuits of minor offenders because of the number and severity of crashes.
....by continuing with a dangerous revenue gathering chase policy coupled with car crushing crap by Crusher Collins we are willingly allowing people to die from flawed social policy for minor crime...
Minor crime led to all killer chases
All police chases which led to a record 14 deaths this year were sparked by minor offences, rather than serious crimes. Figures released to the Herald under the Official Information Act show only one of the nine pursuits followed "suspected criminal offending" and that was minor a laser being shone at traffic from a motorway overbridge.
This isn't being challenged because of our blind devotion to the Police that believes anyone questioning the Police is a gang member.
UPDATE First road death of the year, and it's a kid fleeing Police....
Death after police pursuit
The holiday road toll stands at 13, the same as last year, following two fatal crashes in Auckland overnight.
In the first fatal police crash of the year, a vehicle failed to stop for police on Karangahape Rd about 12.50am, before speeding off on to the Southern Motorway.
Police said the chase was abandoned after the vehicle reached an "unacceptable speed".
The fleeing vehicle was later found further up the motorway near the Market Rd off-ramp, where it had hit a power pole. The 15-year-old driver died while a passenger is in a serious condition.
...one gets the feeling that 'chase abandoned' moments before the driver dies is a euphamism the way 'friendly fire' is.