Samoans normally drive on the right, but their Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, wants them to switch. Malielegaoi is trying to increase the amount of vehicle imports from Australia and New Zealand, were motorists drive on the left. But many Samoans and an independent traffic safety expert say the change will only lead to a huge increase in crashes, injury and death. A court challenge has been launched, claiming the switch is unconstitutional because it will violate the right to life of many Samoans. But if it fails, drivers could be traveling down the opposite side of the road in less than three weeks.
There will be blood
Changes will lead to a “dramatic increase in the number of road crashes” in Samoa