Eastern Courier : December 17th 2010
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So I ve said it before -- but that was 19 deaths ago. That s how far our crisis over police pursuits has gone in the past 12 months. And before you reach for your keyboard to have me on about it -- maybe rerun the letter you sent last time -- look at it again this way. What would be the official reaction if 19 police had died in those crashes? Or 19 Members of Par- liament? Or 19 judges? What would be your reaction if, say, three members of your family had died that way -- or even one. I know what some readers are going to ask: Do I want to give hoons and crooks a licence to roar off, leaving frus- trated police hamstrung because of a ruling that they can t chase? Well don t bother about that either. Of course I don t. It s just that I can t believe that there isn t some method of stopping cars in their tracks. Maybe I am still fasci- nated by a boys annual I once read which described a scientist who had invented a gadget which threw out a beam and froze a car engine solid in a second. Well if at the time I read that you had predicted just one piece of the items we now live with, flights to the moon, unmanned drones, even this computer and the rest, I would have been astonished and more than a little worried about your state of mind. So surely someone, somewhere can produce the equivalent of that engine solidifier. Any- thing but the apparent present option of con- tinuing deaths. As it stands, you or yours could be the 20th. Think about that. And if you feel I ve got it wrong again, I m not alone. Read this earlier report from the Indepen- dent Police Conduct Authority written after 25 died as a result of pursuits in five years, not19inthisyear--so far.The authority questioned whether police should start high- speed chases for minor offences such as speeding and property theft or for suspicion of a crime, say- ing the risk of someone being killed is too high. In one case, three teenagers died after police chased them at speeds of up to 200kmh when they failed to stop. The pursuit was found to be within police policy. That critical report found that at that stage about five people died each year during police pursuits and another 18 were seriously injured. Yet chases rarely uncovered evidence of serious crime. The only thing that s changed is the number -- it s just short of multiplying by four. The Independent Police Conduct Authority said police should base their decision to enter a pursuit on known facts not simply speculation about a driver s reason for fleeing. Pursuits can begin over relatively minor offending, or general sus- picion, and end in serious injury or death, authority chairwoman Justice Lowell Goddard said. The authority analysed 137 pursuits reported to it during the five years to December 2008 and found that 24 people were killed and 91 seriously injured in those chases. Another 122 suffered minor injuries. One in four of about 2000 police pursuits each year ends in a crash. At that stage Welling- ton motorcyclists Marty Collins and Brent Rus- sell welcomed the auth- ority s concern. They said that too often law-abiding members of the public were becoming collateral damage in pursuits. Totally innocent par- ties, they had good reasons to worry. Marty Collins spent nine days in a coma and nearly died and Brent Russell lost the top of a thumb, fractured his pelvis and right arm and injured his wrist and knees when their motorcycles were struck by a police car as the officer did a u-turn to chase a speed- ing motorist. Overseas jurisdictions are moving to restrict pursuits, with some areas allowing police to chase only violent offenders. The auth- ority s report said research in North America suggested vio- lent-offender-only poli- cies caused a dramatic fall in pursuit-related injuries and deaths, but no corresponding increase in crime or vehicle offending rates. Talking about police, what an interesting appointment of the new commissioner. Peter Marshall, a real action man, is coming back from a Solomons secondment to that job after four years in which he apparently gave great leadership in a tsunami with 53 deaths, used a ceremonial sword to beat off 13 machete-waving intruders and has coped with wandering crocodiles. Another publication has reminded readers that Marshall caused waves when he broke ranks over denials that police had blocked protesters off from the president of China on a visit here in 1999. Marshall said their denials were wrong and wouldn t stand up as evi- dence. There were some who believed his move to the Solomons was a sequel. If that s true, there s a real Lazarus back-from- the-dead quality about his return. If I was a betting man I d have lost a few dollars believing Deputy Com- missioner Rob Pope would be the man -- despite the continuing misgivings in some quarters about the jailing of Scott Watson for the Sounds murder. He led that police inquiry before pro- motion. A former NZ Assistant Commissioner, Marshall was at one time an armed offenders squad man, and spent two years after the 9/11 attack to set up a New Zealand police liaison office on counter- terrorism. Maybe he ll have some ideas about those police chases and the current pressure to give our police guns. The Pansy Wong affair bubbles on but I think a few people may be losing some sleep over it. Somebody is going to lose big time before it s finished. The candidates: If Labour is right that the inquiry was a whitewash when it ended with Pansy Wong and hus- band refunding $474 to meet travel made wrongly on her MP allowance account, then Speaker Lockwood Smith and his public ser- vice inquirer don t look good. And the Wongs still have an issue to be resolved. If that inquiry was kosher, then Labour s Pete Hodgson -- who seems to be sharing the party s rottweiler collar with Trevor Mallard -- runs the risk of looking as if he exaggerated in his first allegations of a big time travel scam. The prime minister might wonder if he acted a little too quickly in sacking her as a minis- ter. Flying flags for world cup Nearly 100 young Kiwis will get the chance to lead teams out on to the field during Rugby World Cup matches next year. Rugby World Cup 2011 partner and tour- nament sponsor Emi- rates Airline is running a competition among secondary school-age rugby fans for represen- tatives to carry the national flags of the 20 competing teams at rugby stadiums in 13 centres. This is a top chance for young Kiwis to be part of what will be an historical event, both in world terms and cer- tainly in the New Zea- land context, Emirates New Zealand manager Chris Lethbridge says. We considered this an ideal opportunity to involve aspiring players and fans locally so, with the exception of a hand- ful of occasions, the flagbearers for the 20 teams will be New Zea- landers. Flagbearers will be used at all pool matches as well as the quarter and semifinals, play-off for third place and the final itself. Full details of the com- petition will be released early in February so arrangements can be made with sufficient notice. For the pool matches, the competition will be divided into regions, guaranteeing local prov- incial representation among the teams flag- bearers. Each winner of a flagbearer position will receive tickets for two accompanying adults to attend the match at which they fly a flag. We feel it only fair that their parents or guardians can share in the honour, Mr Lethbridge says. A small number of flagbearers during pool play will be representa- tives from key rugby- playing nations, also chosen through compe- titions.
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