5 Replies Latest reply on Apr 17, 2018 10:02 PM by tromboniator

    Reckless on a public road...

    John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

      ...but at least the cops showed some restraint



        • 1. Re: Reckless on a public road...
          Trevor.Dennis Adobe Community Professional (Moderator)

          We quite enjoy some of the cop reality TV programs.  Our own Highway Cops is our favourite being NZ based, but the UK ones are good.  We have learned from these shows that a pursuing police car needs permission from the duty Sargent to continue a chase, and that only police drivers with the appropriate training, and driving the right sort of vehicles are allowed to chase anyway.  If a chase becomes dangerous, then the cops have to abandon the chase in the interests of everyone's safety.


          What happens more than the law averages would suggest, is that the chased vehicle crashes with tragic consequences, moments after the chasing cop car apparently abandons the chase. On at least one occasion with the crash in sight of the suddenly stationary chasing cop car.  Go figure.


          In NZ they don't have much imagination when it comes to traffic violations.  20kph over the 100kph national limit for non dual carriageways is viewed akin to murder, and crossing the central white line is even worse.  It's entirely black and white.  Never mind maximising your sight lines, or getting past slower vehicles and out of the danger area as quickly as is reasonably possible.  What makes that even crazier is that the cops will absolutely bust your butt for driving 10kph under the limit with four or more vehicles queued behind you.  Yep.  They book you for going too slow.


          Getting back tho those reality Cop shows, I can remember a biker getting stopped doing 160MPH, and his penalty was having to pay for a driving safety course.  No points on his license, or huge fine plus a 12 month ban from driving.  I don't know who will have run that course, but I have done a couple of motorcycling advanced riding courses with police motorcyclist instructors, and we were reaching 120MPH on 60MPH roads.  Unbelievable!  


          But here's the thing.... Wikipedia has a Road Deaths per 100,000 inhabitants table, and the UK has one of the best set of figures out of that long list of countries, with NZ being similar to the USA, so so much for speed is the root of all evil when it comes to road safety.


          List of countries by traffic-related death rate - Wikipedia


          Last night our national news had an article telling us that the government was considering bring the national limit down from 100kph to 70kph.  This is in a country where you can drive for hours and see a handful of other vehicles.

          • 2. Re: Reckless on a public road...
            Chuck Uebele Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            We too have laws for going to slow, but they're often not enforced.

            • 3. Re: Reckless on a public road...
              John T Smith Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              When I read the article I had 3 thoughts (3rd related to watching some automobile build shows on TV)


              1 - glad the cops stopped before they were hurt


              2 - that driver is an idiot


              3 - just what did he/she DO to make an "older model" Mustang to 150 and stay on the road?

              • 4. Re: Reckless on a public road...
                jane-e Adobe Community Professional

                Our local paper recently ran a story about the neighboring state of Maryland possibly imposing a $250 fine on driving too slowly in the left lane.

                Maryland considers cracking down on drivers who linger in the left lane - The Washington Post

                • 5. Re: Reckless on a public road...
                  tromboniator Adobe Community Professional

                  In Alaska it is illegal to impede five or more vehicles on a major highway. Occasionally, someone gets a ticket. More often, someone whose schedule is more important than life will pass three cars in a no-passing zone.