The helmet law was introduced due to the large number of local deaths of 16 to 25 year-old males on motorbikes, predominantly all at night and early mornings in weekends, where alcohol and speed were major factors.
So government put helmets on all 16-25 year-olds, including tourists.
They then spend the majority of time penalising school children without helmets, who, according to statistics, were never at risk.
Absolutely nothing has been done to change the alcohol problem. No law to change drinking age, sale of alcohol to minors, advertising cheap drinks 24hrs by establishments, not even policing outside bars, clubs and pubs late at night early hours of the morning.
They should be in the carparks not 5km down the road.
The problem, is and continues to be, our attitude towards alcohol, and allowing friends, family to drive drunk. We have no “you’re a legend” or “don’t be a bloody idiot” campaigns here. Promising rugby players, paddlers and visiting workers were allowed to leave their groups to drive to their deaths.
When will government put money into addressing this problem, and push laws through controlling our alcohol culture? Alcohol affects not only death on roads but also abuse in homes – it needs immediate government focus.