the impossible dreams

 Below is a portion of an article in today's paper. 

Road Safety advocates said the 'Road to Zero' programme isn't moving fast enough.

"We are seeing some progress in certain areas, like speed interventions, but we're not seeing the scale of what we'd like to see," Caroline Perry, Brake NZ director, told Newshub. 
The Government's Road to Zero campaign ultimately wants to see no deaths at all.
To get there, one of its targets is to have 1000km of median barriers added to our roads by 2030. If we're on track, in 2024, there should be 400km installed. 

I can appreciate their enthusiasm, but that seems a bit ambitious, like the goal of New Zealand being smoke free (less than 5% smokers) by 2025. 

Before I move to NZ (2006), I bought cigarettes for $3/pack. I got here to see gross photos on the packs that sold for $12 for a pack. Now they are about $40 for a pack and you won't even know they are being sold because they have to be kept out of sight.

So, I can see how reducing smoking can happen, but you can't make drivers drive better.


kiwimeskreations said...

With you there Betty - unfortunately you can't legislate away idiocy, and there are some folks out there who should never have got behind a wheel.. I will leave it at that. .

local alien said...

40 dollars a packet! That would certainly stop me smoking. NZ already seems to be pretty good at catching errant drivers. In Greece we get the NZ highway patrol programme on tv. It always amazes us who gets caught and why. I suppose only higher fines will make any difference