No pursuit policy for young fleeing drivers - just dangerous rhetoric

Darroch Ball, New Zealand First Law and Order Spokesperson

The call by the Children’s Commissioner to trial a no-pursuit policy for young fleeing drivers is both dangerous and unworkable, says Darroch Ball New Zealand First spokesperson for Law and Order.

“It will give teens an unprecedented green light to flee at will.”

“A recently released report by Police and the IPCA specifically states:

  • “Although there is a public perception that young drivers prominently feature in fleeing driver events, the Review did not identify any specific issues with young people in pursuits."
  • "Although there have been calls for Police to introduce a "no pursuit" policy for young drivers, there would be significant impracticalities in doing so."
  • “Identifying a driver's age is often difficult (if not impossible) when the vehicle is travelling at significant speeds and/or at night. Furthermore, such a policy would not necessarily minimise the risks to young passengers in the vehicle if the driver is (or appears to be) older."

“The report, which was the result of a two year review, clearly states it is not a feasible option to take. This advice is based on front line evidence and data - not based on ideology,” Mr Ball says.

“If we stop pursuing fleeing drivers, the responsibility for their actions will be placed squarely on Police and not where it should lie – with the driver who created the need for the pursuit in the first place.”

 

Darroch.Ball@parliament.govt.nz

 

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