Wairarapa Road Safety Council Services
Incidents of safety and crashes involving Motorcyclists in Wairarapa remains an area of high concern. There is an increasing number of recreational riders visiting the district.
A school travel plan aims to improve children's journeys to and from school. These actions suggest alternative travel methods, with goals of reducing traffic at the school gate and improve safety.
SADD (Students against Dangerous Driving) promotes safe driving practices and is supported in 100% of Wairarapa Colleges.
The Wairarapa has one of the highest elderly populations per capita in New Zealand. Older adults the fastest growing segment of population in New Zealand and are continuing to drive to a greater age.
Restraint use including use of child seats remains an area of high concern across the cluster. Local surveys show that adult driver and front seat passenger restraint use is low throughout the district with 83% compliance in SWDC area.
Distraction and fatigue remain an area of High concern across the cluster; remember, using a cell phone in a vehicle is illegal and also unsafe.
Alcohol and drug related crashes are an area of high concern and identified as a major road safety issue throughout the cluster.
Speed related crashes are an area of high concern and identified as a continuing road safety issue across the cluster.
There is a lack of driver understanding of road rules including how to correctly use established cycle lanes. Anecdotal evidence suggests an increase in popularity of cycling in region.
Getting your car driver licence in New Zealand involves a three-step process. As you progress through the stages you gain a new licence with fewer requirements and more responsibilities. It's an approach that ensures all fully licensed drivers have the skills and experience to drive safely on our roads.