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Establish a new agency - The Traffic Management Service.
This agency will take over the traffic law enforcement tasks currently performed by the New Zealand Police.
The Traffic Management Service will take over responsibility for:
Traffic law enforcement on public highways
Other current Police Traffic Responsibilities
The Police Infringement Bureau will move to the Ministry of Justice
The Traffic Management Service will place in one agency responsibility for road design and building, traffic research, enforcement of traffic regulations, improvement in driver behaviour, investigation and prevention of accidents.
Focus on driver improvement not fines.
Currently improvement of drivers relies on punishment mainly fines. This punishes a large number of drivers while the small number who pose a real danger to the public rack up an accumulation of fines. A fine does not improve driver performance or improve compliance with safe road practices.
The Traffic Management Service will use a system of warnings leading to the identification of drivers who are the primary risk to others on the road system.
Drug and Alcohol road stops
A Better New Zealand government will provide to the Traffic Management Service technology such as computer simulators and virtual reality. This will allow the service to address on the spot the most important question in driver safety.
Warnings from Speed cameras.
Traffic Management Service officers and camera operators will issue warnings to drivers that their behaviour poses a risk to road safety. Those driving dangerously will be the subject to immediate action.
Road traffic offence stops.
The system of speed camera warnings road side warnings and records of previous convictions will in time identity of those individuals whose driving behaviour poses a problem to others.
Older drivers who are no longer able to drive to the standard required.
Those identified will be directed and compelled to attend driver education courses provided by the Traffic Management Service. If training and education do not fix the issues involved the Traffic Management Service would have the authority to arrest of drivers found still driving.
Placing traffic management in one agency
Better New Zealand believes that traffic is an area which involves millions of New Zealanders almost every day of their lives.