NZ ‘bad’ driv­ers’ keys taken

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MO­TORISTS in New Zealand are tak­ing mat­ters into their own hands when they see danger­ous driv­ing, by flag­ging down ve­hi­cles and con­fis­cat­ing their keys.

Po­lice are ask­ing peo­ple to stop the prac­tice, which is mainly di­rected at tourists who have al­legedly bro­ken the rules of the road.

The coun­try has seen a num­ber of fa­tal crashes in­volv­ing for­eign driv­ers in re­cent months, caus­ing anger amongst lo­cals. The po­lice want peo­ple to record any danger­ous driv­ing and then wait for them to ar­rive, but they say key con­fis­ca­tions can be used as a “last re­sort”.

“It’s very much a case-by-case ba­sis,” As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner for Road Polic­ing Dave Cliff tells the web­site, adding that if some­body “wit­nesses be­hav­iour that is ab­so­lutely out­ra­geous” then there are legal pro­tec­tions which would al­low a per­son to take ac­tion.

In Fe­bru­ary, a Chi­nese fam­ily on hol­i­day in the coun­try had their keys con­fis­cated by an­other driver, af­ter their car was spot­ted trav­el­ling on the wrong side of the car­riage­way. — BBC

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