Worse tourist driv­ers

The Press - - Perspective -

Is Si­mon Bridges, the gar­bled gram­mar aside, de­lib­er­ately mis­lead­ing New Zealan­ders about the pro­por­tion­ate risks posed by for­eign driv­ers?

The av­er­age tourist driver spends a cou­ple of weeks each year on our roads. The av­er­age New Zealand driver about 50 weeks.

To compare one with the other in ac­ci­dent statis­tics there­fore re­quires some­thing like a twen­ty­fold in­creased risk for the tourist driver.

The Gov­ern­ment is more con­cerned with the tourist dol­lar than with the safety of its cit­i­zens. Charles Cole Sy­den­ham

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