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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.
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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 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 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 you should reduce your speed for include:
- rain, snow and ice
- 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.
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
Wairarapa is renowned for its changeable weather. You could drive from Masterton down to Pirinoa and back out to Martinborough and have 3 different sets of weather conditions... which means you should plan and prepare before you land yourself on an icy, wet or even snowbound road.
› Call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS for the latest road conditions - CHECK BEFORE YOU GO
› Dress for the conditions, carry additional warm clothes and keep a survival kit in your vehicle in case you do get stuck.
› Ensure your car is roadworthy and keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle in case you get diverted onto another route or you are forced to turn back. GIVE IT A TWIRL
WHEN YOU’RE ON THE ROAD
› Drive slower than you normally would – it only takes a split second to lose control in wet or icy conditions.
› Avoid sudden braking or turning that could cause you to skid. Accelerate smoothly and brake gently, and use your highest gear when travelling uphill and your lowest downhill.
› For vehicles without anti-skid braking systems, pump the brake pedal in short rapid bursts rather than pressing long and hard to avoid skidding or sliding.
› Drive at a safe travelling distance because it takes longer to stop on slippery roads. In winter, especially in poor weather, double the two-second rule to ensure a safe distance between you and the car in front.
› When travelling in fog, rain or snow, drive with your lights dipped for increased safety.
PLAN YOUR JOURNEY
Bruce Pauling, Manager of the Wairarapa Road Safety Council said the 1,000 hi-viz vests rollout for Wairarapa Primary School students was a great example of community collaboration, with the goal of safety for our youngest and most vulnerable road users.
Lots of kids in our region walk, scooter and bike and hundreds of them catch our buses to school each day. Not many people know the legal speed limit to drive past a school bus that has stopped to pick up or drop off students is 20km in both directions.
These are little people around big moving fast vehicles who might not be as aware of their surroundings, it’s about making road users more aware children are there and so they can change their driving behaviour around school buses.
It’s fantastic to see Featherston school so supportive of this initiative.
Challenge yourself to be a better rider
YOU'RE CHALLENGED TO BE A BETTER RIDER!
From November 2016 to March 2017, Ride forever posted videos of four basic manoeuvres all riders should be able to do, and challenged you to show us what you’ve got by posting a video of you doing each of them (check out the four manoeuvres further down the page).
Ride forever now have a NEW challenge for you—the offset weave. Take the challenge and get a mate to video you doing it, then post your video to your Facebook page with the hashtag #beabetterrider. Make sure your post is public so we can see it.
Whether it’s done perfectly or it all goes pear-shaped, not to worry, Ride forever have got another $500 riding jacket up for grabs. All publically posted #beabetterrider videos of riders attempting the offset weave challenge will go into the draw to win. And even if you don’t win the jacket, you’ll automatically qualify for a free Ride Forever course.
Be a Better Rider challenge 5: Offset weave
Speed facts don’t lie!
• The likelihood of a casualty crash involvement doubles for every 5km/h above a 60km/h limit & every 10km/h above a 100km/h limit
• Around town, the likelihood of killing a pedestrian increases from 10% at an impact speed of 30km/h to 70% at 50km/h (SLOW DOWN around schools and pedestrian crossings)
• The slower we go, the greater chances of stopping short of the hazard ahead
• Winter is coming and it takes a further 25 metres to stop on a wet road than a dry road at 100km/h (drive to the conditions)
On Sunday 7th May the Wairarapa Road Safety Council are teaming up with Mitre 10 Mega Masterton (am) & Martinborough (pm) to raise awareness around speed & seatbelts. Come and engage at the stall or try the ‘seatbelt demonstrator’, and be in to win an automotive prize pack from each store, and one of two child restraints or booster seats from the Road Safety Council.
Chocolates, information & giveaways for the kids as well. Schools, kindys & early childhood centres have access to road safety resources to run activities around road safety to make the kids aware of safety on and around the road.
The road safety council will also be out and about at our 5 towns over the week talking to locals, listening to their concerns & handing out giveaways as well.
Bruce Pauling, Road Safety Council Manager and ex 30 year Police road policing veteran, wants locals to focus on reducing speeds and ensuring seatbelts are worn by….’everyone…. every trip…..every time’ ‘Our biggest issue locally are crashes resulting from speed and loss of control on our rural roads. Not only that, but we also lag behind the national ‘seatbelt compliance’ rate.’
Pauling says that over the years we have made great strides in drink/ drive attitudes and behaviour, but sadly our ‘lax’ attitudes to speed and seatbelts are responsible for far too many deaths and injuries both locally and nationally.
‘We have to change mind sets such as ‘we are only going up the road, I’m a safe driver, or I’ll decide what I’ll do in my own car. You cannot predict what other drivers will do and what may happen. Mistakes happen, BUT if everyone is ‘belted up’ and you are travelling at a safe speed for all the conditions, then the outcomes WILL be better for yourself and your passengers.’
‘Families don’t have to suffer the emotional and physical pain that serious crashes bring. ‘Ninety three deaths could have been prevented in 2016 on NZ roads, by simply wearing a seatbelt. These are avoidable tragedies. It takes a few seconds to put on your belt, doesn’t cost anything, and saves lives. Why wouldn’t you wear one?’
As far as the safety of our ‘littlies’ in vehicles go, Pauling says ‘positive modelling’ reinforces safety with children. ‘Kids will copy adult behaviour for sure. Be the role model by ensuring you and they are properly restrained. Inform them it is for every ones safety, and it’s the law’.
Always wear your seatbelt
Road Safety Week 2017 in Wairarapa will take place 7-14 May, and will coincide with the
4th Global Safety Week focusing on speed, and locally also on seatbelts.
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Finally, Pauling says, ‘As locals, we all travel the same roads…do the right thing and reduce your speeds, and do the easy thing and wear your seatbelts’.
Children waiting for the school bus on rural roads are often hard to see. We are providing children (via their schools) reflective vests to be worn when on the roadside waiting to get on and off the bus to help increase their visibility.
As a parent you’re probably well aware that children can be on the roadside waiting for the bus between 7-8.45am and returning between 3.15-4.30pm so if you’re on the road take more care knowing that a child may be running late in the mornings or excited to get home in the afternoons.
What else can you do to help make our roads safer?
1. The legal speed limit to drive past a stopped school bus is 20km/h in both directions, please slow down.
2. Look and think ahead when driving. Especially when coming into a section of sun strike or shading.
3. Look twice, when you quickly scan the road your brain only picks up what it is expecting to see, take a second look.
4. Encourage your child to be comfortable in bright colours. And if you’re out walking, riding or jogging on your rural road, make sure you can be seen.
Please share these messages with your neighbours. No matter if you’re walking, riding, jogging or driving, we ALL have a responsibility for our own safety and of those around us on Wairarapa Roads.
For more information contact your school in the first instance or contact us:
Holly Hullena - Projects Coordinator
Wairarapa Road Safety Council
Ph: 06 377 1379 / E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Road Safety Week 2017
Wairarapa Manager Bruce Pauling took to the streets across the Wairarapa Region to share road safety messages with the community and get feedback from our road users. The main theme for Road Safety Week Nationally was Speed and Restraints.