Tourists need warning
Having witnessed many acts of aggression on the roads here in Central Otago, I felt it prudent to help wage this war on tourist drivers in New Zealand at large. It seems most of New Zealand’s media like TV3 and some of our very local newspapers like to promote good old fashioned war and xenophobia in one.
To help make our roads safer I was hoping to put together the first edition of the flyer that should go to all tourist drivers on their arrival: ‘‘While we are a laid back bunch of good buggers, we have never had much time for waiting in queues and therefore are used to trying to drive with our front wheels in your car boot.
‘‘We are the same as anyone else in the world, and cannot drive under the influence of mobile phones, so the safest areas for you to drive are in cell phone reception black areas.
‘‘If you do venture south, watch out for a Goron – the worst of our young male drivers. If you go north of here, you will enter the international home of boy racers – Christchurch.
‘‘While you are here in Central Otago the biggest threat to you on the roads are young New Zealand male drivers. On your car radio, you will hear that YOU are the biggest threat to all of us.
‘‘Our roads are unique and dangerous to not only New Zealand drivers but especially to anyone like you who has never experienced them prior’’.
We suffered more deaths on our roads by tourist drivers in 2012. The trend is lowering, but this is little comfort to those who have witnessed near accidents or worse yet, have lost a family member to a tourist driver.
I like the words of one of our local judges with respects to poor driving: ‘‘We already have enough local idiots on our roads, and we don’t need to import any more.’’
My point is why does our media use this issue to promote its own form of ‘us and them’ now? ◗ Timbo Deaker lives in Gibbston, with his wife and two children. He is a consultant viticulturist and owns several businesses that service the local and domestic wine industry of New Zealand. The other Monday when we had snow in town I, like a lot of other locals, had to radically change my speed when negotiating the trip to work. It was quite a change tootling out to the airport at 30kmh. It made me a lot more aware of my surroundings. Other motorists smiled and waved.
It got me thinking about the pace at which many of us live our lives – despite having moved here for ‘lifestyle’ reasons. Maybe we should all look to ‘slow down’ just a little bit.
A quick search for ‘‘slow movement‘‘ revealed this gem of a description - ‘‘It’s a cultural revolution against the notion that