Tourist Drivers!

Today this post is about tourists not having to take driving tests before legally being allowed to drive in New Zealand. My personal opinion is that yes, they should, and now I am going to explain why.

Nearly 600 road accidents last year that resulted in death or injury were caused by foreign visitors.Johannes Jacobus Appelman, 52, of Holland allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign at Rakaia in Canterbury on Saturday night. He has been charged over the resulting crash, which killed Abigail Hone, 12, her friend Ella Summerfield, 12, and Ella’s mother Sally, 49.The previous night, on the Coromandel Peninsula, US tourist Cody Dickey crossed the center line in his camper-van, killing Aucklander Robyn Eilleen Derrick, a passenger in an oncoming four-wheel-drive.

So what should we do to prevent all these crashes?

I think that we should make it that every foreign driver should have to sit a driving test before they go onto our roads. this should ensure that the  driver can at least know the basics of driving in our beautiful country. I don’t want to be mean to tourists, but I don’t want any more crashes.

Overseas drivers” are at fault in around three-quarters of the crashes in which they are involved. Police cited “failure to adapt to local conditions” as the cause in about a quarter of those accidents between 2009-13.Quite a lot of drivers were caught out by road design and layout they’re not used to, and unfamiliar signage. This is why I think that we should make it that  tourists should do a drivers test before they drive on our roads.


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