Services > Safe Speeds

Speed related crashes are an area of high concern and identified as a continuing road safety issue across the cluster.

As at April 2016 the death toll on NZ roads sits at 109. This time in 2015 there were 111. What are we doing to reduce our road toll?

23% of drivers in New Zealand travel above the 100km per hour speed limit on the open road. Wairarapa is a rural area with many open roads. 

For more statistics see:

5186 tickets issued to drivers speeding in a 50KM/H posted speed limit area (1167 issued in person, 4019 issued by post from speed camera)

Driving safely within speed limits

Many drivers aren’t aware that they can be travelling at the speed limit and still be driving unsafely.

The speed limit is the maximum legal speed that you can travel at on a road in perfect conditions.

However, road conditions are rarely perfect. As a safe driver, you’ll have to look out for changes in traffic, road and weather conditions, and reduce your speed accordingly.

Adjust your speed to the conditions

Traffic conditions

Traffic conditions that you might need to reduce your speed for include:

  • high volumes of traffic on the road
  • pedestrians, joggers and cyclists
  • holiday times when there are lots of visitors on the road
  • parked cars.

Road conditions

Road conditions you should reduce your speed for include:

  •   bumpy or narrow areas on the road
  •   wet, icy or gravel road surfaces
  •   signs warning of hazards such as sharp curves or a slippery surface.

Weather conditions

Weather conditions you should reduce your speed for include:

  • rain, snow and ice
  • wind
  • fog
  • bright sunlight. 


School & Buses

Signs operate on 7 day cycle come on when children are most likely to be travelling to or from school, can also be activated manually during the day if required due to activity at the school.

Current locations: MDC - Lake View School, Solway School, Masterton Primary School, Fernridge School, Mauriceville School, Tinui School, Johnston Street.

Stopping Distances

Faster you go the bigger the mess

Safe speeds are sometimes discussed in terms of ‘survivable speeds’ – the speeds at which a person is likely to survive a crash find out more: Survivable Speeds


Slow Down Wairarapa WideSlow Down Wairarapa Wide

September is "speed" month on the NZTA and Police road safety calendar.  This month has traditionally been one of the years worst months for speed related crashes nationally, and we want to highlight the issues and remind people what they can do locally to lessen the risks.

Unfortunately, speed related crashes are our single biggest issue across the Wairarapa region, and especially on our local roads.

Between 2010 and 2014, as a region, we suffered 6 fatalities and 28 serious injuries from these crashes….this is not even counting minor and non-injury crashes.

First we need to accept that we have a problem, and that as locals, we are speeding, crashing, and hurting others and ourselves. We need to fully understand that our local roads are not highways. They can be narrow, windy, unlit at night and have changing surfaces. It’s not always ok to travel 100km/h, and by slowing down, if we do make a mistake and crash, then the chances of injuries are greatly reduced.

Our local campaign is called ‘Slow down-Wairarapa wide’. We’re asking locals no matter what town or rural area they’re from, to drive to the conditions on our local roads, and not to be complacent. The Mayors of our three District Councils have endorsed the campaign by appearing in our print ads in our local papers this month. We want our drivers to look after themselves and others, slow down and enjoy the journey.

Back to services

Our Supporters & Sponsors


New Zealand Police

New Zealand Fire Service