The Press does the world a service. This is the man who survived a fatal car accident in Christchurch on Thursday night.
Under the headline Moron's act of devastation, a very interesting story follows on the vexed issue of lawbreakers who refuse to stop for the police. This story is mandatory reading for anyone interested in this issue. It's too lengthy for us to reproduce in its entirety, but we couldn't agree more with this bit:
A review in July found there was insufficient evidence to support banning pursuits, as this was unlikely to improve or guarantee public safety.
The latest deaths prompted Police Minister Judith Collins to warn motorists not to flee police: "The message is don't run. It is not worth it."
Tougher penalties had been introduced, and while education was also needed, it often had little effect. "It's difficult to educate them [fleeing drivers] because, frankly, they're ... utter morons, and they leave this utter devastation in their wake."
Inspector Malcolm Johnston of Christchurch said the number of drivers fleeing police had risen alarmingly in the past decade.
Although a large part of the public backed the police, there had been a shift in the behaviour of some people who believed they were entitled to run. "I think we just need to get the pendulum swinging back and stop deflecting the blame from where it should be rightfully and squarely put on, which is the shoulders of these fleeing drivers."
Mr Johnston said the officers involved in Thursday's accident were devastated. "The accident happened right in front of their eyes. We join the police to make a difference, we really do, and to have a tragedy like this happen in front of them, you know, I wouldn't wish it on anyone."
Thank you to Judith Collins for calling it as so many New Zealanders are thinking; those who run from the police are indeed "utter morons", and deserve to be condemned. The gentleman sitting in the ambulance above is, in our humble opinion, right at the top of the Moron Scale. We wonder if the enormity of his stupidity is starting to sink in yet.