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Dunne `taken aback' by police ignorance

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/06/2016
United Future Leader, Peter Dunne. © RNZ / Alexander Robertson United Future Leader, Peter Dunne.

The police don't know whether speed cameras and speeding fines save lives.

United Future leader Peter Dunne says he was "taken aback" to discover this after putting in questions under the Official Information Act.

"Police figures show that in 2014/15 there were nearly one million speed camera and office-issued infringement notices, and that more than $74 million was imposed in fines," he said on Friday.

"Yet neither the police, nor it appears the Ministry of Transport, can say what contribution this policy makes to saving lives."

Mr Dunne says that given the regular "Speed Kills" and "Zero Tolerance" campaigns, he would have expected at least some effort would be put into gathering data about the impact of the policy.

"The apparent absence of such an evidence-based approach will fuel the already widespread public view that the police approach to speeding is essentially more focused on revenue gathering, and that other factors like good road design and better driver education are more likely to save lives," he said.

Mr Dunne released the response to his OIA questions from the national manager of road policing.

"Police does not hold the information requested as the information does not exist," the response said.

"Police has also consulted with its colleagues at the Ministry of Transport who also advise that they do not hold this information."

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