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Waitomo crash was preventable

The recent tragic crash at an intersection near Waitomo Caves might have been avoided if the driver had been alerted by rumble strips on the road, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

A major American study of the use of rumble strips at rural intersections concluded that there is:

Caution urged over WOF changes

The proposed changes to the WOF regulations will not help the average motorist, says the car review website dogandlemon.com Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

Tougher tests will increase illegal driving

Many poor people who struggle to pass the tougher licence test will end up driving illegally, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“Passing a driving test is now a huge challenge, even for well educated, middle-class teenagers who’ve had many hours of paid instruction. What chance do poor people have?”

Road safety expert backs call for cycle lanes

Cyclists need to be protected from other traffic, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

“Cyclists are among the most vulnerable road users. Every single one of my friends who cycle regularly has had a potentially-fatal clash with a motor vehicle.”

“The only real way to protect cyclists from these clashes is to separate them from motorists. Cycle lanes are a good start, but ultimately, there needs to be a physical barrier between cyclists and motor vehicles, so the two can’t collide.”

Speed cameras a waste of money

Increasing the number of speed cameras will have little effect on the road toll, says a leading road safety campaigner.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car review website dogandlemon.com says:

“However much the government tries to massage the figures, the reality is that most fatalities occur at speeds below the legal limit.”

Matthew-Wilson says there is some debate as to whether speed cameras work at all.

Safety expert calls for asbestos ban

New Zealand should ban the import of goods containing deadly asbestos, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Speaking after it was revealed that Chinese-built Great Wall and Chery cars contain a number of asbestos parts, editor Clive Matthew-Wilson said:

“The health risks of asbestos were discovered 114 years ago, but New Zealand still allows goods made with asbestos to be freely imported.”

Doubts alcohol interlock strategy will work

Alcohol interlocks – which stop a car being started if the driver is drunk – won’t work for many of the highest risk offenders, says a leading road safety campaigner.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, who edits the car review website dogandlemon.com, says:

“Alcohol interlocks may work for wealthy people with modern cars. They won’t work for the highest risk groups, who tend to own cars that can be started with a screwdriver.”

Potholes litter the road to the crash-less car

Cars that can detect and prevent accidents are a here-and-now reality, but they’re far from perfect, says the car review website dogandlemon.com. Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says:

Car website claims credit for smooth change to Give Way rules

A high profile campaign by the car review website dogandlemon.com probably prevented chaos when the Give Way rules changed three months ago, says editor Clive Matthew-Wilson.

“We made the changes to the Give Way rules into a front page issue. Suddenly people were talking about the changes, discussing them and preparing for them. Before that, many people were not even aware that the changes were taking place.”

Call to limit police car chases

A leading road safety campaigner has repeated a call for the police to limit car chases to ‘extreme emergencies’.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car review website dogandlemon.com, was commenting after a South Auckland mother narrowly escaped serious injury when a fleeing car smashed into a police car and then rolled onto her vehicle.