From the MP who tried to ban water comes ‘don’t use crash statistics to work out which roads are dangerous’. Writing in the Oamaru Mail about a dangerous stretch of road, National MP Jacqui Dean says:
“Transit New Zealand often places too great an emphasis on the crash statistics it receives from Land Transport New Zealand when setting out its roading improvement priorities”
Instead, Dean argues, Transit should be fixing a specific piece of road she thinks is dangerous. No evidence, just she reckons it needs to be top priority despite what the stats say.
Evidence-based decision making! The outrage! I know that National struggles to get women candidates but is Dean, whose only achievements have been to come out against water and statistics, the best they could do?
Perhaps, Dean thinks Transit should decide which stretches of road need safety improvements by adopting the method National uses to set policy: flip a coin (heads – adopt Labour’s policy, tails – oppose it), wait a week, then flip again.