Planning to visit New Zealand on vacation? take care you don’t upset a local and fall foul of the country’s peculiar legal system.
In New Zealand police don’t need anything more than verbal evidence in order to fine drivers for alleged unsafe driving, they can take the word of a witness as proof. But when the word of a ‘local person’ is pitched against that of an overseas tourist guess who the police are more likely to believe?
In New Zealand, according to the police officer in the clip above, if someone is prepared to stand in court and give evidence against you that is sufficient for you to be guilty of an offence and liable for a fine. The burden of ‘proof beyond all reasonable doubt’ seems to have been replaced by ‘guilty on the balance of probabilities which is odd for a statutory offence.
New Zealand Police don’t need evidence, in order to fine drivers for alleged unsafe driving, they do not even need to witness the alleged incident themselves. Also of note is that crossing broken yellow lines is not even an offence! Clearly being foreign is an offence!
Strange that when I give the Police video evidence of dangerous driving they fail to act, yet when a woman tells a cop that a foreigner is driving dangerously that is enough to fine the driver! racist, stupid?……WHO KNOWS? source
What a pity the same burden of legal proof isn’t applied to alleged sex offenses in New Zealand. Then maybe young women who accuse ‘prominent New Zealanders’ or ‘roastbusting teens’ of sexual harassment wouldn’t get called liars, slut shamed or ignored.