Tourist drivers might be a threatened species

Tourist drivers and the South Island… ?a deadly combination.

[O]n the West Coast, four Chinese tourists had to swim for their lives after their rental car plunged into the Whataroa River, north of Haast.

The rental car could only just be seen, completely submerged in the Whataroa River.

The 4WD Honda is believed to have gone off a gravel road, crashing 20 metres down a bank into the river shortly before midday. The four Chinese people on board were shocked and wet, but uninjured.

Once out of the river they ran to Kevin Mills’ house nearby to alert him and to call the police.

At about the same time in Christchurch, 26-year old German tourist Daniel Muller was in court pleading guilty to careless driving causing death.

He ploughed through a stop sign near Springston on Monday, crashing into and killing a local Leeston woman.

Muller was supported outside by half a dozen German friends.

As Muller was leaving court, police were cleaning up after another rental car, believed to have been driven by another foreign tourist, which was T-boned by a logging truck at an intersection on the outskirts of Christchurch.

And to cap it all off, police in Greymouth are looking for a man who stopped a rental car in the main street, before reaching in, grabbing the keys and punching the driver in the face before driving off.

I’m a bit worried about New Zealanders stopping vehicles and taking keys away. ?This isn’t a good trend, especially when someferalone in Greymouth assaults the driver before leaving.

It means there is a problem, and we’re not solving it fast enough. ?Kiwis are getting sick of getting their families killed by tourists.

 

– Kloe Palmer, 3 News

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