Winston Peters declares war on speed cameras


New Zealand First leader Winston Peters wants speed cameras removed from areas that aren't crash hot spots.

"What we're going to stop is allowing speed cameras to be used as revenue raisers for local bodies," he says.

"We'll only be allowing the installation of speed cameras when they are used as a deterrent at accident hot spots and residential areas near schools where there are specific potential dangers," says Mr Peters.

It's part of New Zealand First's new law and order policy, which Mr Peters unveiled this morning at the Police Association's 81st annual conference in Wellington.

He's also promising to encourage high-speed police chases until the fleeing offender is caught, instead of the current policy which forces police to pull out when it gets too dangerous.

"What message are we sending to the criminals? Offend, then speed away from the event, endanger the public, and police will terminate the chase," he says.

"These people are potential mass murderers, belting down the highway at breakneck speeds, with no care for the consequence, and it's the cops that are being nailed."

Mr Peters wants fleeing offenders charged with murder when deaths result from their "high-speed criminality".

New Zealand First is also promising a crackdown on what's known as the 'coward punch' or 'king hit', where someone is punched from behind without any warning.

"We're going to change the Crimes Act," says Mr Peters. "The king hit punch will be defined in law as an event that is unexpected and unprovoked, but of such force to the head that it is likely to cause incapacitation, injury, or death," he says.

The party's law and order policy also includes a promise unveiled to Newshub in August to boost police numbers to 1800, which he revealed today will cost $324 million.


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