The newest roaddeadies are in. Well the figures to road related deaths. Check them out for your own region HERE, courtesy of NZTA. Looking at Otago the numbers are down. Fewer crashes and fewer deaths and injured compared to 2009. 2071 crashes with 692 of those causing injury. 19 people got their name published in the paper under the obituaries. Most accidents happen on rural roads and unfortunately some risk groups cause more death and destruction on the roads then others. Like we all knew it’s the young drivers who are most at fault. Pimped up cars don’t seem to increase road safety. So our know cannon meat is mostly introduced to trees on the side of the road because of poor handling of vehicles and horrible judgement, including not checking properly. Surprisingly contrary to what the police want us to believe alcohol was only a great concern among the Central Otago region. Speeding was also only mentioned as a big cause of crashes in one region, Clutha. Clutha was also the only region which saw the total number of crashes increase compared to 2009. How much does all this bumping uglies on the road coast us? The ODT has a calculation that the estimated social costs including loss of life or quality of life, lowered output due to injuries, medical and rehabilitation costs, legal and court costs, and property damage amount to a total of $219.5 millions for the Otago region. What to do? What to do indeed. Studies have shown that the removal of traffic signs can provide a great improvement in road safety. No signage or striping gives the idea of chaos. But that is just what we need, because chaos = cooperation. Cooperation = less accidents.
Universities in New Zealand have no hope. Brain draining from our shores will continue. If you see a glimpse of an economy based on knowledge let us know. Did the universities start their demise themselves by increasing fees and cutting down on facilities. Now it’s the places our unis take on the annual QS World University rankings that show just how bad our students are doing. A shocking drop from our highest contender, Auckland university, from spot 68 to 82. But at least its still in the top 100. University of Otago is the only institution to climb a bit, but still far from entering in the elite regions. They gained five places to 130. Canterbury got the honor of position 212 and Victoria got to 237. The explanation given is the lack of investment in the sector. Who needs smart people anyway. Dumb citizens are easier to control the Government must think. Although New Zealand has low tuition fees compared to the Western world it also means low investment per student. According to Canterbury Uni Vice-Chancellor Rod Carr in The Press: ‘In the end you get what you pay for’. Smart people moving overseas, leaving the lazy idiots behind.