Safety campaigner adopts the wrong stretch of road

A triple fatality on the notorious Desert Rd in the central North Island is being blamed on a lack of median barriers.

Three people died and a driver was left critically injured after a head-on crash in icy conditions on Monday morning.

Road safety campaigner Clive Matthew-Wilson says the collision could have been stopped by simple safety features.

“You don’t get head-on collisions on roads that have median barriers. The Government chooses not to put median barriers in because they tend to slow down trucks, but the reality is it just ends up with more dead bodies.”

Mr Matthew-Wilson, editor of the Dog & Lemon Guide, also says the Desert Rd should be closed in icy conditions.

“I’m getting hoarse pointing this out time and time again.”

Poor Clive.  Why doesn’t anyone listen to him?  It’s not because he sits in a chair and desktop publishes a car booklet.  That would be too glib a way to dismiss his lack of expertise. 

If you have money to spend on making roads safer, where would you spend it first?   It’s not a hard question to answer.

Let’s check the country’s Top 10 deadliest roads.

Credit: NZ Herald

NZ Herald


Credit: NZ Herald

NZ Herald

As you can see, the Desert Road doesn’t make it to the Top 10.

So Clive, by all means suggest that a median barrier be built on the Desert Road.   If you would just be so kind as to tell us who will pay for it, and I personally would like an explanation from you as to why you would prioritise this over the roads that have higher death rates.


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