Leg­is­late for id­iots

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


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.

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