Our theme for 2019: Save Lives #SpeakUp
New Zealand needs leadership in road safety to reduce the rising number of deaths and injuries on our roads. We can all #SpeakUp, be road safety leaders and play a part in making roads safe.
Road Safety Week 2019 (6-12 May) will coincide with the UN Global Road Safety Week and will have the theme 'Save Lives #SpeakUp'.
Road safety in New Zealand
New Zealand has a poor road safety record compared to some other developed countries. In 2018, 382 people lost their lives on our roads*. Issues such as drink driving, drug driving, distractions, speed and people not wearing seat belts contribute to a high number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads. We have a transport system that needs significant improvement to help save lives and reduce injuries on our roads.
No death on the road is acceptable. Everyone should be entitled to safe and healthy mobility.
A Vision Zero approach to road safety recognises that people make mistakes, and that the road system can help to reduce the severity of the outcome of those mistakes to help reduce deaths and serious injuries. A combination of measures to improve roads and roadsides, implement safe speed limits, improve the safety of vehicles and of road users, along with ensuring post-crash response is effective when a crash happens, has been proven overseas to save lives.
Who can be a road safety leader?
Anyone can be a leader for road safety, for example:
- National and local government can lead by prioritising safety and investing in measures that are proven to reduce deaths and injuries
- Companies can be leaders by buying or leasing the safest vehicles for their company fleet, implementing additional safety features such as advanced driver assistance systems that help to protect people inside and outside the vehicle, and implementing a fleet safety programme to help their drivers stay safe on the road
- Schools and childcare centres can be road safety leaders by teaching their children about road safety, campaigning for safety improvements in their community and engaging parents and the wider community in road safety messages
- Children and young people can be leaders by speaking out about road safety, exploring how to stay safe on roads and campaigning for safety in their area
- All road users can be leaders and pledge to do everything they can to keep themselves and others safe
More details on our 2019 theme will be released shortly.