Claire Trevett writes in the NZ Herald:
If further evidence of Collins’ reincarnation was needed, it came in her response to questions about police being urged to review their pursuit practices. Collins pooh-poohed any suggestion she would tolerate a softer police chase policy. “I am saying to you and to New Zealand that while I am Minister of Police I am never going to support anything where police just give up the roads to criminals. Under any circumstances. And I would resign rather than do that.”
Nice. Very clear. That’s what people like. No ambiguity.
This last bit was pure hyperbolic nonsense, but she repeated it twice just to make sure everybody knew how very passionate she was on this point.
Instead, she had told police to look at inventive ways to stop people fleeing in the first place.
She even appeared to have come up with one of her own.
Which brings us to the third sign Collins was back and still a badass: the car-crushing law that gave her her nickname.
Collins proudly produced statistics showing boy racer offences had halved since she brought in the punishment of crushing the cars of repeat offenders. She was so proud she even hinted she could use it to catch two birds with one stone, by extending it so that the cars of those who flee police also ended up being crushed.
Admittedly, boy racers and police flee-ers are not necessarily distinct sets of people. Possibly she reasoned some of those fleeing police did so to prevent their cars being crushed. What better punishment than to crush their cars anyway? It is a genius idea. Not only is it hard to flee from the police without a car, but police would not have to embark on a chase at all if everybody’s cars were crushed. Why not go further and simply make car-crushing the punishment for every infringement? Crusher is back.
An idea worth considering – if you try and flee police, you are more likely to lose your car.