Safer Journeys Almost certain fail

Safer Journeys 2010-2020 outcome, rather than being the “safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury” desired, seems instead to be  “a road system increasing death and serious injury” judging by the results so far:

A Safe System that adds extra allowance for the fact that people make mistakes and mistakes are inevitable is apparently not working.

For the Waikato the numbers are dreadful –

Heavy motor vehicles feature in a disproportionally high number of crashes in the region, regardless of fault. Unfortunately, crashes involving heavy motor vehicles nearly always result in serious injury or death.

Waikato Regional Transport Committee Meeting 3-July-2017

 “In the year to date (12/06/2017) heavy vehicles have been involved, although not necessarily at fault, in 6 fatal crashes (23% of fatalities), motorcyclists in 3 fatal crashes (15% of fatalities) and pedestrians and cyclists in 3 fatal crashes (12% of fatalities)” (p. 32).

Road safety is no mystery: the agenda tells us

“Setting a more ambitious target would also bring the region into alignment with leading countries addressing road safety through the ‘Vision Zero’ approach” (p. 95).

“Leadership is critical to develop a transport safety culture. The existing model of road safety leadership in the Waikato needs to be strengthened” (p. 97).

The FiA is on the front line in tackling this challenge, together with its 245 member organisations around the world. NZAA is active member of FiA.

Here the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, is leading the 3,500 Lives road safety campaign.

The challenge

The #3500 LIVES campaign outlines the 10 rules that can help save your life and the lives of others

Rule 1 [set] Ambitious Target

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