I got breathalyzed at 1pm on Friday, January 15. The result was "no alcohol".
But a couple of things gave me pause for thought.
the Lower Hutt area, a very busy bridge has been temporarily closed
for maintenance, and a major diversion is in place. This afforded the
perfect place to launch a drink/drive operation. I said to my daughter
after we passed, "There are 20 cops there, yes?" She
agreed. Some are placed pre- and post testing area (presumably to
prevent people u-turning last minute). There are 3 directly testing,
with others milling behind, and others around the place any 'positives'
are taken to. There were probably 4 police cars stationed alongside
other support vehicles in a large grassy roadside area.
the traffic diversion was not working well. One intersection, unused to
so much traffic, was backing up badly and begging for a set of lights
or a points-man. I thought that would have been useful job for the traffic police. But no.
I've been thinking about Article 21 and 22 of the NZ Bill of Rights.
Why am I and others being subjected to arbitrary detention by the agents
of the state that we pay to keep us safe from crime? To monitor and
deal with people who would actively abuse personal or property rights?
Who would maim and kill and leave innocent people scarred for life?
I am not convinced that the new lower alcohol limit is making any
difference at the sharp end. But it has allowed for more tax extortion
and more criminalization.
isn't low enough for me to be happy for law and order resources to be
used this way. I doubt it ever would be. The exercise smacks of picking
low-hanging fruit to squeeze revenue from, and general persecution of
other road users who aren't fully compliant with state requisites.
Safety appears somewhere on the list of objectives but not at the top.
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