Safety

Tourist accidents linked to poorly marked intersections

A road safety campaigner has called for urgent upgrades to rural intersections, after yet another fatal crash near Springston[1] caused by a tourist apparently not noticing a Stop sign.

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

Government inaction driving tourist road toll, says campaigner

A prominent road safety campaigner has accused the government of “sitting on its hands while innocent people die needlessly.”

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

“Many of the worst accidents in the last few months could have been easily prevented if the government had acted.

“The government is pretending to address the problem with its Visiting Drivers Signature Project. In reality, however, most of the government’s strategies aren’t working and won’t work. It’s time for action.”

Safety campaigner blames multiple fatalities on road design

A prominent road safety campaigner is blaming multiple deaths on the design of New Zealand roads.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, who edits the car review website dogandlemon.com, was commenting after Santhosh Kumar Cherukuri was killed in a head-on collision on State Highway 2 at Pahoia, just before 7.30pm on Thursday.

Mr Cherukuri had crossed the centreline into the path of an approaching truck and trailer unit.

Matthew-Wilson believes the government contributes to many such fatalities, because it fails to take action to improve the safety of many “appallingly dangerous” rural roads.

Tourist safety website no substitute for action, says campaigner

A new website aimed at giving safety information to tourist drivers is a dangerous waste of time, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, says:

“By setting up this website instead of taking direct action to halt tourist accidents, the government is dramatically increasing the risk to other road users.”

Economy drives high road toll, says safety campaigner

The booming economy was probably to blame for this year's higher road toll, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, says:

Tourist safety tags won’t lower toll, says safety campaigner

Steering wheel tags with road safety tips for visiting drivers will do little or nothing to lower the tourist road toll, says a prominent road safety campaigner.

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

Government blindness drives toddler deaths, says campaigner

The government’s strategy of preventing driveway accidents through education has been a dismal failure, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, who is an active road safety campaigner, says the technology exists to prevent most driveway accidents at very little cost.

“In a major recent study, about three-quarters of drivers in vehicles fitted with reversing cameras or beeping parking sensors, avoided a reversing accident.”

How many tourists are driving on fake licenses?

A prominent road safety campaigner has suggested that many tourists from China and India may not have valid licences when they drive in New Zealand.

Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car review website dogandlemon.com, says there is clear evidence of widespread forgery of licences from India and China.

“There is currently a global epidemic of fake licences originating from China, but even the official licences may not be what they seem.”

Tourist rental guidelines a joke, says safety campaigner

New guidelines for renting vehicles to tourists will do little to reduce the number of accidents involving foreign drivers, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says the guidelines – which are voluntary – won’t stop dangerous drivers renting cars.

New Zealand roads kill tourists

A prominent road safety campaigner says the high number of tourist accidents is strongly linked to the design of New Zealand roads.

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

“Many New Zealand rural roads are like a staircase without a handrail: you make a mistake and there’s a high chance of getting hurt.