Multiple fatality ‘easily preventable’
Multiple fatality ‘easily preventable’, says safety campaigner
Last Monday’s multiple fatality near Huntly could have been prevented by simple changes in rules and technology, says the car review website dogandlemon.com.
Brisbane holidaymaker Stephen Phillips, together with his partner’s sons Jasper Williams, 14, and Ruben Williams, 12, were killed when their car collided with a truck on State Highway 1, after veering into the opposing lane.
Matthew-Wilson doesn’t accept that
narrow roads prevent the installation of median barriers.
Centennial Highway, near Wellington, is both narrow and
busy, and was once one of the most dangerous roads in New
Zealand. After a median barrier was installed, the carnage
caused by head-on accidents abruptly
Matthew-Wilson also repeated his call for a compulsory stand-down of 24 hours before travellers from overseas are allowed to rent or buy cars.
“The police give out constant warnings about the dangers of fatigue when driving, yet tourists are free to fly in, rent a car and kill themselves. When do we decide that too many people have died this way?”
Matthew-Wilson believes a simple, computerised awareness test should be passed before anyone, including New Zealanders, is allowed to rent a car.
“I believe such a test would screen out tired or
confused drivers. Yet, whenever the subject comes up, the
government simply offers lame excuses.”
Matthew-Wilson blames the government for the rising road toll. He believes the government’s priorities are making money, with road safety a second priority.
“The Government refuses to address
the problem of thousands of tired tourists renting cars
without restrictions. The Government sees no problem with
the fact that many of our busiest roads allow cars and
trucks to collide head-on. That’s because the government
is more interested in keeping the economy rolling than it is
in protecting the lives of ordinary people.”