Safety

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.

Anti-speeding campaign based on phony science, says safety campaigner

Ticketing ordinary motorists will have no effect on the groups who cause most road deaths, says the car review website dogandlemon.com. (See attached AA report)

Editor Clive Matthew-Wilson says the police anti-speeding strategy is based on the discredited theory that if you ticket mums and dads who drift over the speed limit, then criminals will stop driving recklessly.

“The facts are these: only about 20% of fatalities occur above the legal speed limit."

Judge joins calls for tourist driver tests

A district court judge has joined the growing number of professionals calling for tourist driving tests. In sentencing a Chinese driver whose rental car collided with another vehicle near Queenstown, Judge Kevin Phillips said this was a "classic case" of why tourists should sit a driving test. Describing the man’s driving as “atrocious”, Judge Phillips said:

“It's a classic case of why people need to have examinations done before taking control of powerful rental cars on New Zealand roads."*