Letters to the editor: Police chase solution 'overlooked'
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If the police signal someone to stop, they should, says a reader. Photo / File
Bay of Plenty Times
In light of several police car chases that have resulted in crashes and deaths I see merit that in future, chases will be abandoned or not be made at all. However, I am absolutely amazedthat at the same time changing the penalty for not obeying a police order to stop seems to have been totally overlooked, which makes an almost complete nonsense of the policy change.
I completely fail to understand the logic of this as, put very simply, if the police call upon a driver to stop then this should be obeyed and failure to do so carry a severe penalty, including loss of licence for a considerable period.
In most cases the registration of the offending vehicle has been recorded, so tracing this should not be difficult. It seems the original change in policy has not been properly reviewed, which definitely is not good enough and we should expect much better from those responsible.
Phil Hickling Pāpāmoa
Grief, a new normal
I have just read the opinion piece (Dawn Picken: The wisdom of the Stoics - give yourself a break this Christmas, December 19), and it is so apt and helpful for me. I lost my son to cancer in August this year and the loss is very fresh and painful.
The article makes such good points. It is tempting to try to bury the grief or distract by activity, but this is not helpful. And memories and tears are bridges to the one we've lost. I like that thought. So I continue to live, but with a huge hole in my heart. A new normal life will gradually unfold in time.
I appreciate Dawn's wisdom and her thoughts were very meaningful for me.