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    Yoda of Radar
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    Post NZ - New Zealand Police have begun removing speed detection radars

    New Zealand Police have begun removing speed detection radars from vehicles throughout the country in what frontline officers say is a cost-cutting measure that could also cost lives.
    A police national headquarters spokeswoman confirmed yesterday that some radars had been removed from vehicles, as part of a "replacement programme".
    However, the spokeswoman, Wellington Police District communications manager Kaye Calder, declined to say how many had already been taken out of the cars and whether they were all to be replaced.
    It was "very early days" in the programme and police were looking at the overall distribution of speed detection equipment throughout New Zealand.
    "Some of the equipment being used is nearing the end of its working life," Ms Calder said.
    "It's too early to indicate any numbers involved or what it might mean."
    Frontline officers told The Southland Times they had been told up to 400 Stalker detection units, which are leased, were to be removed from police vehicles as part of efforts to cut $21 million from the police operating budget.
    They said officers using vehicles from which the radar sets had been removed were trying to do their jobs without them and they feared many speeding motorists would now escape without penalty.
    However, Ms Calder said the Stalker radar was only one of the speed detection measures available to police.
    The budget cuts already include measures to cut the police vehicle fleet by 10 per cent, more than 300 of the 3397 police vehicles nationwide.
    The cuts were announced after May's Budget, which included a $160 million increase over four years to boost police numbers and operating capability.
    Police Minister Judith Collins has said reducing spending would not lead to any cut in services. The money saved was being used to make more effective use of the vehicle fleet, for leave management, legal expenses and for administration of travel.
    New Zealand Police Association president Greg O'Connor said yesterday he had not been made aware of any cuts to police speed detection equipment.
    * The Stalker can tell the operator (police) which direction the target is travelling.
    * It can track targets behind the police car.
    * It can display two target speeds the fastest target, and the strongest signal.
    * It has a claimed accuracy of plus or minus 3kmh when the car in which it is mounted is moving.
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    Default Re: NZ - New Zealand Police have begun removing speed detection radars

    My question is why in the heck were they leasing the equipment when a few dozen speeding ticket fines would have paid for the equipment outright? Nice to hear that these radar guns are being removed from service, but once again its obvious that government officials are incredibly stupid to have entered into such outrageous lease contracts to begin with. Its no different than the insane contracts offered by RLC companies. Yet local governments go with the offered contracts rather than trying to negotiate their own terms. I think that most would agree that government officials aren't much brighter than a box of rocks. I am not trying to be political -- just stating the obvious.

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    V1 Zombie
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    New Zealand

    Default Re: NZ - New Zealand Police have begun removing speed detection radars

    It's probably something to do with the service of service at a guess.

    Our cops here love to give tickets mate as you can see.
    Speeding crackdown -
    Officer-issued speeding tickets for drivers 11-15km/h over limit.
    1999 - 2312
    2000- 3785
    2001 - 30,836
    2002 - 76,784
    2003 - 139,567
    2004 - 161,919

    At the mo they are trying to outlaw detectors . While just spending $3,000,000 on the redline k band cam's.

    So who the hell knows what they would like to do other than take money from the public and put it into some fund that never ever gets put back into making safer/better roads and education programmes



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