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Law and Order - Traffic

ACT The Liberal Party Rodney Hide

Ensure police focus first on thieves and thugs, and only then on traffic tickets, and unintended wrongs.

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Keith Locke

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New Zealand Labour Party Hon Annette King

Labour will ensure that effective road policing delivers greater safety for road users, and that those who drive in a manner that is likely to put lives at risk will be caught, and face sanctions
Complete a review of the way in which fines are imposed, processed and enforced, and enact changes following the review to ensure that more fines are paid soon after being imposed and that other appropriate forms of intervention are considered
Make impounding and possible confiscation of a car easier, at an earlier stage, as a more effective penalty
Address the build up and non-payment of fines by implementing policies to intervene earlier to ensure debts do not become unaffordable, and to change behaviour to reduce the type of re-offending which leads to the build-up of fines.

Maori Party Dr Pita Sharples  
National Party of New Zealand Simon Power

Change the emphasis of policing from revenue gathering to violent crime

New Zealand First Ron Mark

Establish a Road Safety Review committee to specifically receive and respond to submissions on road and road transport problems
Change the status of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission so that it is a stand alone body with powers as an officer of parliament
Ensure that revenue obtained through speed cameras (about $55 million per year) is used to design better driver education programmes and promote safer driving practices
Trial roadside drug testing using technology currently available overseas
Legislate so that it is an offence to carry an open container of liquor in the seating compartment of a vehicle

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Hon Peter Dunne

Toughen penalties for driving while disqualified or without a licence, alcohol or drug-impaired driving, and driving at excessive speeds
Make it a traffic infringement to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving
Require police to test drivers for drug use in the same way that they presently test for alcohol use
Hold an inquiry to evaluate the effectiveness of the decision to integrate police and traffic enforcement
Support conditional licensing arrangements for seniors who drive within a limited radius

You can find the policy positions of more parties by checking these websites.
Alliance New Zealand
Democrats for Social Credit
Direct Democracy Party
The Republic Party of New Zealand

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