One reader said fines for people using phones while driving should be increased.Photo/John Boren
New Zealanders are generally rude and impatient drivers, and we are reminded of these failures every time we drive on the road.
Our road statistics are among the worst in the western region
The world, relatively speaking. This week it was reported that 46,000 drivers have been fined in the past 12 months for using a mobile phone while driving. The fine for driving while talking in New Zealand is $180, which was increased from $80 in April 2021. Does anyone care about a $180 fine? I don’t think so, which is why so many people were arrested and fined. Imagine how many people didn’t get caught. That number will probably triple.
If road tolls are to be significantly reduced, fines must be increased and there must be greater consequences for ‘bad driving’, including compulsive defensive driving courses.
Randall Lockie, Rothesay Bay
90 day trial
Column by Shaneel Lal: “Courts allow employers to exploit staff” (Hoss, December 24), bad employers always exploit their staff, usually illegally. Good employers want to recruit and develop great staff, but the process is error-prone and reversing a bad hire is costly.
A friend of mine who works in a large organization has a colleague who was considered a good fit during the hiring process. Unfortunately, within his first two months, it turned out that his new colleague’s skills were below the level stated on his resume, which was discovered during the recruitment process. They decided to “carry” him because it was considered too difficult by the human resources department to remove them within the law. The hiring manager said to my friend: “If everyone had a 90-day trial, [colleague] It would have been 90 days. ”
Andrew Parsons, Orakei
praise transit lanes
To me, transit lanes are a great way to keep traffic flowing and encourage ride sharing. In large cities, single-person cars are a very inefficient way to move people around. Cars and buses with two or more people always have priority.
Constellation Drive on Auckland’s North Shore is a very important four-lane road. It connects East Coast Bay and State Route 1 from north to south. It also turns into SH18 heading west. Mr. AT, could you please explain to me why he has 55 parking spots on Constellation Drive in the T2 transit lanes on the south side? In my opinion, there is no need for anyone to park on this road at all.
It is not a residential area. Adjacent Gilmore, Caltex and other businesses all have parking for their customers.
To me, allowing all cars to park on this road, and indeed the equally important major access road, borders on insanity. These roads must be kept clear 24 hours a day, seven days a week to allow traffic to flow freely.
Glenn Stanton, Mairangi Bay.
sex and gender
Our health system’s bias against recognizing women’s specifically gender-based health needs is further exacerbated when women’s biological conditions are referred to as “gender” related.
“Gender” is a socially constructed smorgasbord, and each of us should be able to freely feed ourselves in terms of constructing our appearance and consenting to our sexual behavior. . “Sex” is a term that describes a biologically scientifically verifiable binary opposition regarding human reproduction.
Therefore, when assessing women’s symptoms, medical professionals who treat women often rely on typically “feminine” behaviors rather than verifiable scientific facts about women’s symptoms based on their biological sex. It is wrong to prioritize subjective beliefs and opinions about gender and appearance (gender).
By using the term “sex” when referring to matters related to the science of human binary reproduction, and by using the term “gender” in other ways, we all know that girls and women are We can help eradicate misogynistic patriarchal prejudices that deny people agency over their bodies. References to the culturally constructed appearances and behaviors that characterize humanity’s rich and ever-changing menu of social diversity.
Janet Charman, Avondale;
Manatu Hauora currently does not publish figures on gender discrimination, among other important information about who is missing out on health funding. In the last figures they provided on the gender gap in the budget, women got 70 percent of the health vote and men clearly got 30 percent of the ass. your correspondent (Hoss, (Dec. 24) is right to point out that many groups don’t get their fair share of the health vote, but you can rest assured that her granddaughter won’t be part of any of them.
Mark Nixon, Remuera.
climate change concerns
Recent storms, cyclones and floods have made us all aware of impending doom if we don’t change now. However, in recent articles, herald What caught my attention is that just one airline, our very own Air New Zealand, is predicting 1 million domestic passengers and 700,000 international passengers will fly during the Christmas season. How many millions of people will fly around the world? Or cruise on a huge ship? Why don’t we mention the pollution caused by the world’s huge airports and ports? But James Shaw and others never mention the huge international aviation and shipping industries and their enormous daily emissions? While not mentioned, tiny New Zealand (0.17 per cent of global emissions) is being driven to reduce emissions. Too hot to touch? And what about Mother Nature and the 72 volcanoes that erupted around the world in 2023? A single eruption would probably wipe out all of New Zealand’s meager efforts. Isn’t it time for New Zealand’s climate warriors to change their focus on the vast and dangerous daily activities of our aviation and shipping industries?
Johan Slabbert, Warkworth.
Wood scores a hat trick
On this week’s back page (NZ Herald(December 28) You posted some shocking photos of New Zealander Chris Wood scoring a hat-trick against his former club Newcastle before being sent off by Notts Forest. When Wood was called up to the All Whites, he was always there. He is a man who deserves to be admired by all football fans as well as New Zealand football.
Arthur Amis of Whangaparaoa.
scooter near miss
I recently came out of a supermarket and narrowly missed getting hit by a scooter that was speeding down the narrow sidewalk without anyone noticing. What’s the sanity in mixing people walking with cars speeding? It’s a pedestrian-only path, not dangerous speeding scooters. If any more proof was needed that the social fabric that guarantees some degree of order and mutual consideration is disintegrating, the madness of scooters on the sidewalk, often zigzagging their way through frightened pedestrians; And I want you to look at the actions of the city council. There’s nothing about it.
R Riccola, Albany.