Grieving son, 9, petitions government for tougher road rules following father’s death

A grieving son, who lost his father in a traffic accident two years ago, has petitioned the government to enforce stricter rules on tourists driving in a new country.

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by Ellie Hooper |
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Sean Roberts, 9, lost his father in an accident when he was killed by a Chinese motorist - who had only been in the country one day.

Father of two Grant Roberts was riding his motorcycle in New Zealand when he collided with a Chinese motorist who was 20-years-old.

'I did it because I didn't want others to feel how I did. Sometimes people have to try and make a difference'

And his son's petition is gaining attention from the Ministry of Transport, with the department now considering how they can improve road safety in the country.

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Sean wants tourist to sit a practical test before being allowed to drive - as conditions may be significantly different from their home country.

'I did it because I didn't want others to feel how I did. Sometimes people have to try and make a difference' he said.

His mother, Mel Pipson, said she was proud of how both her sons had carried on after the death of their beloved father.

'Grant was a great father. Anyone that knew him, knew he was a father first. They all really miss him.'

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