“Another unique factor in New Zealand is the very large number of foreign tourists who either usually drive on the right, or are just plain bad drivers not used to the winding roads of New Zealand. Up to 80% of highway traffic on the lower South Island is foreign tourists. Most would not know a camera if they ran over it.”
His company, Te Waipounamu Motorcycle Tours, has 97 motorcycles and full bookings for the season, yet has fewer serious accidents these days.
“I’m absolutely convinced that ABS and traction controls play a huge part in that,” he says.
“Most accidents now are either parking lot drops, or judgement errors.
“There is a place for fixed cameras, but there are too many and and drivers’ attention is diverted to looking for them, not road hazards. It’s the same effect as speedo-gazing.”