Also frequently aired is a puerile presentation aimed at convincing us that a reduction in speed on our roads will increase our safety.
Our road toll statistics are about as bad, and sometimes worse, than they have ever been - this despite constant bleating to take care, drive to the conditions, etc, etc...
THE FACTS ARE:
*As bad as they may be our roads have never been better.
*Vehicles have never been safer to travel in.
*Driver education, though far from ideal, is better than ever before.
*Traffic policing has never been stricter.
*Penalties for misdemeanours have never been higher.
*There have never, in my lifetime, been fewer intoxicated drivers on our roads.
Despite all these improvements the traffic accident rate does not decrease.
It would seem therefore, that only a fool, would advocate for increasing traffic density and numbers.
There are two ways to increase the number of vehicles on our roads at any one time... extend the length of the journey by 1) adding distance or 2) adding time.
By reducing speed (as proposed) by 20% (eg. from 100kmh to 80 kmh) we increase traffic volume by 25% - eg. from 500 vehicles to 625 vehicles.
It is simplest of simple mathematics, yet it has not been mentioned by, or probably even occurred to, the whiz kids in the PM’s think tank or the floors of juveniles employed at Waka Kotahi.
(Has anyone else noticed that the changing of Ministry names into Te Reo seems to coincide with poorer performance?)