An orange Ford Focus XR5 is a useless car to tail a drunk driver in

An orange Ford Focus XR5 is a useless car to tail a drunk driver in

“I’m following an obviously drunk driver,” I said to the police controller after calling 111 because I’d waited 5 minutes without success to contact *555. “We’re very busy tonight,” she said. I felt the temptation to say, “You’re not too busy to have an unmarked speed camera van on the main Pakuranga highway,” but I restrained myself – I was trying to keep up with a Toyota Celica being driven all over the place at anywhere between 40-80kph through the side streets. I had started by keeping my distance a bit, but after having to run through a red light to keep up while on the phone I decided to get a bit closer. That’s when an orange Ford Focus XR5 really shows its weakness: it’s a useless car to tail anyone in because it’s so conspicuous. Its redeeming characteristic was that it’s got enough grunt and handling performance to keep up with most things.

I’ve called the police when following a drunk driver at least 10 times in the past few years. Not once have they ever managed to get someone there, even when I’ve followed for 20 minutes. The time before this I was coming out of Palmerston North and followed a driver for about 15km before deciding if this person was going to crash it would be better that I was in front and therefore not likely to run into it. The police called me back half an hour later to see whether I was still following this person. Useless.

I don’t know what the solution is. They’re always on the motorways with lasers, and the unmarked vans are dotted around the highways and byways of the nation, but when you want a real live police officer to come and chase down some DUI moron, they’re conspicuously absent. Their absence is even more conspicuous than a bright orange Ford Focus XR5.

“I’m following an obviously drunk driver,” I said to the police controller after calling 111 because I’d waited 5 minutes without success to contact *555. “We’re very busy tonight,” she said. I felt the temptation to say, “You’re not too busy to have an unmarked speed camera van on the main Pakuranga highway,” but I restrained myself – I was trying to keep up with a Toyota Celica being driven all over the place at anywhere between 40-80kph through the side streets. I had started by keeping my distance a bit, but after having to run through a red light to keep up while on the phone I decided to get a bit closer. That’s when an orange Ford Focus XR5 really shows its weakness: it’s a useless car to tail anyone in because it’s so conspicuous. Its redeeming characteristic was that it’s got enough grunt and handling performance to keep up with most things.

I’ve called the police when following a drunk driver at least 10 times in the past few years. Not once have they ever managed to get someone there, even when I’ve followed for 20 minutes. The time before this I was coming out of Palmerston North and followed a driver for about 15km before deciding if this person was going to crash it would be better that I was in front and therefore not likely to run into it. The police called me back half an hour later to see whether I was still following this person. Useless.

I don’t know what the solution is. They’re always on the motorways with lasers, and the unmarked vans are dotted around the highways and byways of the nation, but when you want a real live police officer to come and chase down some DUI moron, they’re conspicuously absent. Their absence is even more conspicuous than a bright orange Ford Focus XR5.

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