Brake, the road safety charity welcomes the New Zealand government's third Safer Journeys action plan, published today, and calls on the government to think urgently beyond the plan right now in light of the continued crisis of death and injury on roads in New Zealand.
The Safer Journeys Action Plan is the third and final plan under the Safer Journeys Strategy to 2020. The third action plan is focused on:
- Enabling smart and safe choices by providing road users with the right information at the right time
- Providing a safer system for motorcyclists using education, information, training and emerging technology
- Ensuring roads and roadsides support safer travel by focusing initiatives on high risk roads
- Investigating further use of proven and emerging safety technologies in vehicles entering the New Zealand fleet.
Mary Williams OBE, Brake chief executive, said: "The action plan is welcomed and contains crucial steps to make a real difference including through proven engineering measures, and Brake supports this plan. The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals include a target of halving road deaths and injuries by 2020, and that deadline is nearly upon us now; this is an ambitious target that countries must strive for through significant investment and commitment to such proven engineering measures as ensuring we have the most up to date vehicles designed for crash prevention and crash mitigation, 30km/h speed limits in our towns, and road systems that include separated and prioritised routes for people on foot and bicycles to save the planet as well as lives. There is much to do in New Zealand still."