Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Catch Some Crims, why you don't you

So motorists sometimes ignore Road Closure signs and become stuck in snow drifts. Farmers complain about having to spend an afternoon getting these folk out.

A representative of South Island police says these motorists are risking a fine of up to $150. But he feels they should be dragged before the courts. Gee, that's a good use of resources.

He's an idea. Those Road Closed signs should include an itemised lists of costs associated with rescue:
- Labour: $100/hr per rescuer (charged in 1/2 hour units, including travel time to and from site of rescue)
- Tractor/Digger hire: $100/hr per tractor/digger
- Fuel use: $2/litre

That way, motorists know the consequences of their actions and farmers are compensated for their troubles. Then the only involvement of the courts will be to collect the payment should the motorist fail to pay up. Farmers could carry mobile eftpos!

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