November 5 2018
Just yesterday another person died on our roads from just a simple decision to overtake at the wrong time (tbc from the news reports). Today, not a day later, in my 10 minute drive from Frankton to Queenstown I witnessed a car blow through a red light at 70km (thank god the pedestrian had finished crossing), 2 cars cross to the wrong side of the road just to skip a 2 car queue to turn off and 2 cars drive in the cycling lane, again just to avoid a queue of about 5 cars... and none of these cars had the typical rental car number plate holders.
We point the finger at tourists and the unimaginable bad driving often (including me), but we also need to realise that our frustration at tourists and our congested road systems are just leading to more and more risk taking and risk by those that live here in our community.
It a self-fulfilling negative cycle of “if you can’t beat them, join them” and I am sad that it is becoming our community culture in terms of what is acceptable on our roads.
Is it worth asking ourselves if our friends, families and people we care about on the roads deserve better? If so we have to lead the way, all of us, by doing the right thing, all the time. It won’t happen without us.