Kiosk drives road-rules basics home to travellers

21:00, Jan 30 2013
Kate Pirovano
TRAVEL AID: Queenstown Lakes District Council transport manager Denis Mander and Sergeant Kate Pirovano at the unveiling of the ‘‘Drive Wise’’ kiosk.

An interactive prototype kiosk to inform travellers about basic New Zealand road rules was unveiled at Queenstown Airport yesterday.

The "Drive Wise" kiosk was launched by Sergeant Kate Pirovano opposite the rental desks at the international arrivals exit.

She said it aimed to reduce the crash rate and road accidents by displaying basic visual representations of the rules, including keeping left and obeying the speed limits.

Police, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Central Otago District Council, Queenstown Airport and rental car firms helped with the prototype, which was funded by the Automobile Association.

The touch-screen computer guides tourists through the most basic rules, the law and what motorists should not do in a six-minute film with photographs marked with green ticks and red crosses.

Ms Pirovano said the single biggest problem in the district was tourists crossing the centre line. "It just takes a few seconds for lives to change. If it saves one life then it's worth it."

The prototype, if successful, could be expanded and the software used in downloads for smartphones or by rental car companies for interactive demonstrations.

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