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Tourist fined and passport confiscated after New Zealand crash

Chinese tourist fined for causing 'mayhem' on New Zealand's roads.
Chinese tourist fined for causing ‘mayhem’ on New Zealand’s roads. Image by jopetsy / CC BY 2.0

A Chinese tourist whose poor driving resulted in the hospitalisation of a German family after a crash on a busy New Zealand road has been ordered to pay NZ$20,000. Peng Liu was ordered to stay in the country until the fine was paid. Judge James Weir said the crash victims “were lucky to escape with their lives… a clear message needs to be sent out to foreign drivers who come into this country and cause this sort of mayhem.” Read more: stuff.co.nz