Welcome to the New Year! I hope you enjoyed a well earned break.
There has been a lot in the news about continuing problems on the roads. One thing is for sure is there is no easy fix to this problem. What we can do is take personal responsibility for how we drive and encourage our people to do the same.
One of the biggest problems is growing distractions for drivers. There has been a sudden world wide increase in road deaths (after many years of declining road toll) which we have seen in New Zealand since 2013.
All the advances in vehicle technology safety, improved roads, improved signage and other safety innovations is being counteracted by growing distractions for drivers. Driving is a full time job and we need to remind our people of this to keep them safe.
If we can help you keep your teams safe, then contact us, or book you team onto our defensive driver training days, where they can have a chance to improve their driving skills and reconsider their attitude to driving on the roads.
Make zero accidents a target for your team for 2018! Make our roads a safer place to be for everyone.
Please note the new Venue for Tauranga 10th of May at Bay Park.
Please note the new Venue for Wellington from 21st of February at BoomRock
Just thought I would share a recent experience:
On my way home from Thames one morning, I came around a corner to see a car in front of me with slammed on brakes and a man standing in the middle of the road waving cars to slow down (a boat had come off its trailer).
1. The car in front obviously did not want to hit the man, but nonetheless did not swerve away either (look where you want to go!).
2. Me..., I slammed on my brakes and swerved around the car in front, headed to a clear safe spot at a driveway entrance. I stopped about half a meter up the side of the car. Had I not have swerved, I would have hit them...& they would have hit the person.
There is no doubt in my mind that MY reaction was all thanks to the driver training...the vast difference in my reaction and the car in front is a classic example of why the programme should be a compulsory part of any company!
Corina Teague- PrimaryITO
According to the New Zealand Transport Agency, texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers focused on the road.
Phones and other distractions killed 22 people in 2014, with a further 191 people suffering serious injuries.
While youngsters are typically typecast as the texting generation, the worst offenders were those aged 30 to 39. But they are not alone all age groups showed significant results.
Given the significance of the consequences at National Advanced Drivers School we think current NZ penalties are an inadequate deterant to changing behavior. Instead of the current penalty of an $80 fine and 20 demerit points, we would like to see similar penalties to those in Australia.
Australia penalties for using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving are a $400 fine and 3 demerit points.
Increasingly at our Defensive Driver courses we have participants whose organisations have adopted a MOMO driving policy.
We applaud this stand in helping their employees make good decisions whilst driving by removing distractions.
Ban on mobile phone use while driving
From 1 November 2009 it became illegal for drivers to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving. The Road User Rule states that drivers cannot use a mobile phone:
- to make, receive, or terminate a telephone call
- to create, send, or read a text message or email
- to create, send, or view a video message
- to communicate in a similar way
- in any other way.
Breaching the ban incurs an $80 fine and 20 demerit points.
The ban includes other telecommunications devices such as Blackberrys and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) but excludes two-way radios. However, a driver may, while driving a vehicle, use a mobile phone in a way described in 1 and 5 above provided the mobile phone:
- does not require the driver to hold or physically manipulate it to make, receive, or terminate the call (e.g. Blue Tooth technology)
- is secured in a mounting fixed to the vehicle and the driver manipulates the phone infrequently and briefly (e.g. hands-free kits)
In addition, the Rule exempts drivers who make a 111 or *555 call provided it is unsafe or impracticable for the driver to stop and park the vehicle to make the call; or if the vehicle has stopped for a reason other than the normal starting and stopping of vehicles in a flow of traffic.