Legislate for idiots
I fear Rob McLean (KMN Letters, September 4) seems to be suffering from an affliction that affects a majority of New Zealanders, especially those in authority, and that is ‘‘Knee Jerk Reaction Syndrome’’ re: his comments regarding parts of Haywards Hill being a potential death trap? Really?
The only way that situation might eventuate will be because some drivers tend to forget what it is they’re doing, and that is piloting a potentially lethal weapon. Admittedly there are a few people like that around but then there always will be no matter what safeguards are in place. So what you get by, say for example, a lowering of the speed limit, is a penalty on over 90 per cent of drivers all to try and control the actions of a few idiots, who in all reality should never be allowed to hold a licence let alone be allowed behind the wheel of a car. One day the people in authority might just realise that you can’t legislate for idiots, because they don’t care.
Believe it or not it is definitely possible to attain and maintain the legal limit in any conditions – given a clear road – for the entire stretch from Pauatahanui right through to the Hutt Road and what’s more, in an entirely safe manner. Just concentrate.