Calls for police to cut high speed chases
Sat, 23 Jun 2012 9:25a.m.
A car safety advocate is calling for police to reduce the number of high-speed chases.
Yesterday a 25 minute chase through south Auckland ended in a three car smash, leaving a woman not involved in the pursuit injured.
A man wanted on 18 arrest warrants and his passenger were arrested after the
25 minute chase and will both appear in court today on various driving offences.
Clive Matthew-Wilson, Editor of the Dog and Lemon car guide, says it is just another example of why police should use other means to stop criminals.
“No one was killed but that was just a matter of luck,” he said.
“I think police should limit high speed chases to extreme emergencies.”
Mr Matthew-Wilson says often the speed involved in a pursuit can encourage offenders.
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26/06/2012 2:34:37 p.m.
Maybe introduce, 3 arrest warrents ... BANG!It would save court costs, prison costs, and make NZ safer.What about NZ'rs rights to not have to be on the recieving end of criminals?The last report I saw was roughly 2500 police chases a year, of which 1/3 are a serious accident, and most of these are not 1st time offenders runing from poilce either. They are a small number and a significant cause of NZ road toll today. Shoot a few and it would almost stop police chases over-night.
23/06/2012 9:32:50 p.m.
I agree Nat. He is wanted on so many charges, one of them when he recently stole my car among other things. I hope this time the Dept shut him up for a long time. He does not know the meaning of "stop for the Police".
23/06/2012 7:07:24 p.m.
Why should we accept this type of behavior. If you let them away with this then then where does it stop. How hard is it too stop when the police direct you. Sick of people who don't know what they are talking about blaming the police not the perpetrator
23/06/2012 2:00:27 p.m.
@Andrew..Would your comment still stand if that women injured was your wife/mother/daughter?
23/06/2012 12:47:04 p.m.
Yes criminals should be allowed to hold the pubic hostage and get away with it and what ever other crime they committed at the time.
Something is wrong if more and more people are engaging in such dangerous acts.
Its about time someone got more creative about how to deter it not reward such behavior.
23/06/2012 9:45:32 a.m.
Criticism is so cheap and easy isn’t it Mr Matthew-Wilson. Devising new and better alternatives isn’t. Having delivered your attack the ball is now in your court.
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