De­Ci­sions and Con­se­QUenCes

Classic Driver - - EDITORIAL -

It is no se­cret that some­times within th­ese pages there has on more than one oc­ca­sion been some crit­i­cism of the New Zealand Po­lice and their ac­tions and at­ti­tudes to­ward en­force­ment of the law re­gard­ing road safety in this coun­try. This is not one of those oc­ca­sions. This time they have my 100% sup­port. Sadly we now seem to live in a so­ci­ety when ac­tions no longer seem to have con­se­quences. If some­thing goes wrong, “some­one else” al­ways seems to be at fault, nor­mally some­one in a po­si­tion of power or au­thor­ity.

Lowlife “A” has made a con­scious de­ci­sion. He is go­ing to steal a car. His choice, no-one has forced him into it. He thinks he has more right to some­one’s prop­erty than the right­ful owner. Lowlife “A”s mates have de­cided to come along for the ride. Again, their own de­ci­sion, there is no gun to the side of their head mak­ing them get into what they know is a stolen car. Lowlife “A” and his mates then drive off in some­one’s car. Yet again their choice and they must know that there is a more than even chance that the po­lice, should they see them, may re­alise that the car in which they are now rid­ing, has been stolen and that the job of the po­lice is to stop this from hap­pen­ing. Yet this does not stop them from driv­ing off. The rules of a de­cent so­ci­ety don’t ap­ply to them af­ter all.

Then the po­lice do see them and as they are tasked to do by all of us, with the use of red and blue flash­ing lights and a siren, in­di­cate to Lowlife “A” that they wish him to stop. Most of us, me in­cluded know that the ap­pear­ance of a po­lice car in our mir­rors is a sign to pull over, even if we are not aware of why this may be. Again, our Lowlife makes a de­ci­sion of his own free will. No, he is not go­ing to stop. In­stead he is go­ing to ig­nore any num­ber of laws, risk his own life, that of his mates in the car and the lives of you, me, ev­ery road user, pedes­trian and po­lice of­fi­cer who may hap­pen to cross his path.

So when our Lowlife, run­ning from the po­lice in a stolen car, as a re­sult of the de­ci­sions he alone has made as a sup­pos­edly ma­ture adult is in­volved in an ac­ci­dent, can some­one please ex­plain to me why sud­denly the ac­ci­dent be­comes the fault of the po­lice, the only ones in­volved in this sorry sce­nario who are act­ing in a law­ful man­ner?

Sud­denly the me­dia, in their id­i­otic cater to the low­est com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor show us dis­traught fam­ily mem­bers want­ing to blame the po­lice, the law, the gov­ern­ment, any­one but the one who made the de­ci­sion to steal, run and to hell with the con­se­quences. Of course, for the fam­i­lies of those in­volved it is a tragedy, but on more than one oc­ca­sion lately, in­no­cent by­standers have also been killed or in­jured by id­iots run­ning from the law. And that too, ac­cord­ing to the do-good­ers is the fault of the po­lice. Ap­par­ently it will be a safer world for all of us if the po­lice are not al­lowed to chase any­one who fails to stop when re­quested.

What sort of a mes­sage does that send to those who op­er­ate be­neath the law? Com­mit a crime and all you need to do when the law ar­rives is take off at speed. If the “it’s not their fault” brigade has their way, that is what will hap­pen and it is not a good thing. If any­one makes the de­ci­sion to break the law and then the de­ci­sion to run from the law, the con­se­quences of their ac­tions lay firmly on their shoul­ders alone. If they then have an ac­ci­dent, it is solely as a re­sult of their ac­tions and de­ci­sions. If they didn’t want to die, kill their mates or worse, some­one who just hap­pened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, all they needed to do was try act­ing like a civilised hu­man be­ing and stop. Does any­one re­ally think the po­lice want to knock on some­one’s door to ex­plain to their fam­ily that be­cause of some stupid de­ci­sions, their son/daugh­ter isn’t com­ing home? Of course not. De­ci­sions have con­se­quences. It is time New Zealand started mak­ing peo­ple take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own ac­tions.

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