Samoa drivers order to drive on left instead of right

Posted By on August 24, 2009

An odd article today in the Wall Street Journal that has drivers of the island nation of Samoa ordered to switch from driving on the right  to the left.  The prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has pushed for the change and is refusing to back down even with a significant push from resident, including a well organized group called PASS who say “the switch will turn many of Samoa’s already-dangerous roads into disaster zones. Roads wind through mountainous jungle terrain with sharp turns, few traffic lights and pedestrians and dogs sharing the lanes.” Advocates say that one of the reasons is that “by aligning with Australia and New Zealand, the prime minister says, it will be easier for poor Samoans to get cheap hand-me-down cars from the 170,000 or so Samoans who live in those two countries.”

Perhaps a few “cash for clunker vehicles” could have been shipped to Samoa and have solved their problem?


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