From time to time you will gather that there is some fairly strong sentiment from locals about tourist drivers in New Zealand. The following is a news article from today that might give you some idea about the issues.
Please enjoy your holiday in New Zealand, but make sure that your driving skills aren't on holiday at the same time. Please drive safely in New Zealand for your own sake and the sake of others
Tougher careless driving laws sought
Jun 6, 2006
A Nelson woman is seeking a law change for drivers who kill others on New Zealand roads.
Tameka Davies is angry that a foreign tourist was only fined over the head-on crash that killed her former partner, Kylie Beard.
Six months ago Beard was killed when an American tourist fell asleep at the wheel and crossed the centre line, hitting him head on.
The couple's daughter Tegan, who was also in the car, survived the crash.
The American driver was charged with careless driving causing injury, disqualified from driving and ordered to pay $10,000 in reparation.
Davies says the sentence is too lenient and has started a petition for a change in the existing law.
Currently, the law the maximum penalty for careless driving causing death and careless driving causing injury is the same - either three months in jail or a fine up to $4,500.
Davies says she wants justice for those who may be the victims of these tragic circumstances in the future and is hoping to collect 20,000 signatures and present it to parliament next month.
The Ministry of Transport says it will look at the petition and follow up on its proposals.
Source: One News