Tim Dower: Labour should be supporting National’s drug-driving policy
NewsTalk ZB 6 September 2018
Family First Comment: Well said, Tim.
“National’s bill would have allowed for instant saliva tests. Labour’s reason for not backing it is that it doesn’t think the testing kits are very accurate. Why would Labour be against something like this? Surely a government’s main job, its primary responsibility, is to protect the safety and well-being of law-abiding people. Resisting something that could reduce the number of crashes taking the lives of innocent people on our road just makes no sense. And I can’t see how you can in all conscience stand in the way of this without coming up with something better.”
I smell a rat.
Parliament was adjourned last night before a vote could be taken on a National member’s bill, which would have brought in roadside drug testing.
You’re probably aware the latest road death figures show a steady increase in the number of fatalities.
But not only that, there’s been an increase in the number of accidents where at least one of the drivers has drugs in their system.
In fact, drug driving plays a part in more fatal crashes than drink driving does.
There were 79 fatal crashes last year which involved a driver with drugs in their system.
Alcohol was a factor in 70 fatal crashes.
So obviously alcohol is a major danger, but the AA says drugged driving is the silent killer on our roads, and has been for years.
Right now the AA says the chance of a drugged driver actually being caught is and I quote “tiny”. Cannabis and P are the main substances apparently.
And the AA has been pleading for random roadside drugs testing.
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