Safe Journeys Strategy
Despite substantial progress over the last 30 years, New Zealand still lags behind many other countries in road safety. Every year, hundreds are killed on our roads and nearly 2,900 people are seriously injured . Approximately 13,000 New Zealanders suffer minor injuries as a result of road crashes. We also know that the level of road death and injury suffered by our young people is especially high.
These numbers reflect lives lost and ruined in what are mostly preventable crashes, but they do not show the effect of these crashes on families, the wider community and the health system. Road crashes can also have an economic impact – the annual social cost of crashes is estimated to be $3.8 billion. (Source Safe Journeys Strategy)
Safe Journeys Strategy includes:
Under a Safe System, responsibility is shared between road users and system designers. So, for example:
- road controlling authorities have to design, build and maintain roads and manage speeds to protect responsible road users
- the vehicle industry has to provide safe vehicles and be socially responsible when marketing vehicles to consumers
- central and local governments have to inform and educate New Zealanders about road safety issues; they need to provide effective road safety regulation and adequately fund road safety; they also have a responsibility to integrate safety into decisions about land use
- road users have to take steps to increase their safety, such as complying with road rules, buying the safest car they can afford and being unimpaired by alcohol, drugs, fatigue or distraction
- employers have to ensure their corporate policy and practice supports a positive road safety culture based on a Safe System approach.
National Advanced Drivers School can assist with implementation of corporate policy by providing Defensive Driver training. Contact us if you would like to discuss ways to support you implement a Safe System approach.