Road Safety Week is supported by a number of different organisations and agencies, all of whom agree that the week is a great opportunity to raise awareness of road safety issues and kick-start campaigns that last year-round.
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We are grateful to QBE Insurance for supporting Road Safety Week financially.
QBE Insurance Group is Australasia's largest international general insurance and reinsurance group, and one of the top 20 global insurers and reinsurers worldwide.
Val Graham, marketing & communications manager at QBE said: "At QBE, we firmly believe that we have a responsibility to be a good corporate citizen in the communities in which we operate. This is one of the reasons that QBE Insurance in New Zealand is now in its fifth year of support for Brake and Road Safety Week. QBE sees the week as a great way to stimulate commitment - both personal and corporate - to road safety, and we are very pleased to continue with this community initiative."
The following agencies and organisations have pledged their support of the week:
NZTA’s road safety director Ernst Zollner said: “Road Safety Week is a chance for Kiwis to reflect on how the way we drive affects everyone in the community, including our children. Everyone has the right to be safe on the road and we all need to take responsibility for the wellbeing of the people that we share the road with every day.”
National road policing manager, Supt Steve Greally, NZ Police said: “Road Safety week is a great opportunity for all drivers to reflect on their driving, and assess whether they are taking all the steps humanly possible to stay safe on our roads. What is incredibly sad and frustrating for police is attending crashes where simple road safety rules have not been followed.
"Police and our road safety partners work hard to reduce death and serious injuries on our roads, but we can’t do it alone. So please take a moment to reflect on your own driving and ask yourself are you doing everything in your power to reduce your road safety risk?”
Paul Baxter, national commander and chief executive of NZ Fire Service said: "Our crews see first-hand the impact a split-second decision can have on families’ lives. Last year firefighters attended 4,815 motor vehicle crashes. The sad reality is many of these could have been avoided if drivers weren’t speeding, distracted by cell phones or driving under the influence.
"This Road Safety Week we’re calling on New Zealand drivers to cut out these bad habits, so we don’t have to cut them out of cars.”
Norma Lane, director of clinical operations at St John said: "St John supports Road Safety Week New Zealand. We hope every motorist will continue to be a #roadsafetyhero by remembering important road safety messages, performing first aid at incidents, wearing seatbelts and eliminating driver distractions."
ACC said: "ACC supports Brake's Road Safety Week. Road crashes can have a devastating impact on individuals and their families, while injuries and deaths on our roads also have a heavy financial cost to New Zealand. ACC doesn't want you to become a road injury statistic. We hope that by raising awareness and encouraging safe road use, we'll see more people enjoying the journey and arriving at their destination safe and sound."
Andy Smith, president of Living Streets said: "Living Streets Aotearoa is excited to be part of Road Safety Week as it focuses on pedestrian safety. Living Streets works to make our streets safer through our campaigns such as adjusting the road code to have a pedestrian focus, and messages such as I see you is better than ICU, which aims to make our streets safer by encouraging drivers and walkers to make eye contact. We encourage walkers across the country to get involved in Road Safety Week."
Cycling Action Network chairperson Will Andrews said: "New Zealanders love to ride bikes, with more than 1.5 million of us cycling regularly. There's safety in numbers, so one of the best ways to make cycling safer is to get more people cycling, more often. Our message for all road users is to follow the rules and show common courtesy. That means keeping speeds under control, and taking extra care at intersections and when overtaking."