Friday, August 21, 2009

Revoltin' Samoans

The island nation of Samoa is scheduled to switch from driving on the right to driving on the left on September 7th, but there is understandable resistance to the change. Approximately 17,000 of the 19,000 cars in Samoa are left-hand drive, like US cars. The switch is to bring the country more in line with its neighbors New Zealand and Australia.
This would be the first case of a country switching driving directions since Iceland in 1968, and Sweden (pictured on the day of the switch known as Högertrafikomläggningen) in 1967.
Disgruntled Samoan residents have been removing the new signs and painting arrows the wrong direction on the streets in an effort to fight the change.

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