When a holiday road toll is low, the police always praise themselves, most recently their “no tolerance” speed rule.
When the toll is not low, they blame everyone else.
And of statistical anomalies, which always happen with a small sample size, they are always completely unaware.
Put that together, and after a holiday weekend of higher road tolls despite Chief Officer NumbBum sitting immobile in his car all weekend recording drivers’ speeds, you get the police blaming … tourists.
Over the Queen's Birthday weekend, four of the five people killed on the roads apparently died as a result of driving errors by overseas visitors. That has reignited calls for compulsory tests for tourists before they are allowed to drive in New Zealand.
The reporter has failed to note that three of the five died in one tragedy, in Canterbury. Which changes the story a little. Well, a lot.
And, calls from whom? Well, calls from the Transport Agency, the Police, ACC, local government leaders and the Ministry of Transport. All of whom have been heavily selling their flawed cut-speed-cut-the-road-toll message, and now want to use a tragic statistical anomaly from one weekend to set policy for years to come.