I’m pissed off.
I didn’t wake up pissed off.
I read the news, and that got me pissed off.
Am I having a mid-life meltdown or is this because I’m a bloke – maybe I shouldn’t read the news;
The particular article that is winding up the internal spring of youth comes from RNZ political reporter, Jo Moir (and just coincidentally on #MensDayNZ) and the day after organised motorcycle rides in support of men’s issues.
And just coincidentally …
[If you’re having a mid-life meltdown about something else you’re welcome to contribute that]
… it’s reported
Crashes involving other types of vehicles over the weekend took the annual road toll above 330 – roughly the same number as this time last year, which went on to be the worst since 2009.
If memory serves me correctly didn’t election weekend cause a considerable amount of stress and a spike in accidents and perhaps there are other reasons why the road toll is suddenly so high;
I’m going to make a rash assumption based on the fact that our women’s prison population has doubled (since 2014) to around 850 mostly due to ‘p’ and suggest that there has been a dramatic increase in drugged female drivers who should never have had a licence anyway.
But NO, accordingly to our well informed Police Minister, the blokes are expected to suck the kumara for his political benefit;
Mr Nash saying, at some point people had to take personal responsibility for the country’s horrific road toll.
And in particular;
Both Mr Nash and the Police Association president Chris Cahill said the road toll was nearing crisis point and in the case of motorcycle deaths the anecdotal evidence suggested it was middle-aged men who did not have the experience to handle large motorbikes who were involved in most accidents.
“Dare I say it, it’s a lot of men going through a sort of mid-life crisis … they go out there and buy a big powerful bike and they just haven’t got the skills and experience to handle it when they get into trouble and they kill themselves,” Mr Nash said.
“Whether there needs to be something in place where if you buy a motorcycle over a certain CC rating then you have to pass a certain sort of test or you’ve got to be able to prove you can handle it in difficult sorts of situations.
“We need to be looking to do something different because too many people are dying on our roads.”
But wait there’s more;
Not wearing a seatbelt and driving while impaired or fatigued are still three of the biggest contributors to fatalities.
And throwing more police at this, yes, the man on the motorcycle, let’s have some police subconscious bias – I’m wondering if the Commissioner’s Office had any say in this?
Mr Cahill wants to see better roads, improved safety conditions and an education campaign around safe driving to try and tackle the high number of deaths on New Zealand roads.
He said the solution was more than just extra police on the road.
“We need to recognise that this is growing to a crisis.
“We need to put a lot of heads together and make sure we come up with a plan that involves not just more policing but also better roads, better safety conditions and look at what can actually be done to educate the public better on safe driving.”
So, when you get to this point it’s got to be a political suicide campaign, doesn’t it?
Three women committed suicide this weekend but forget about the hundreds of men in that situation.
Maybe that’s what’s pissing me off, the regular abuse of men, for the purpose of the media and some incompetent bitch that somehow got a job as an editor at Radio New Zealand.