The Associate Minister of Transport Craig Foss has released the Safer Journeys Action Plan 2016 – 2020 and the Why do People Die in Road Crashes report.
Safer Journeys is the third and final Action Plan for New Zealand’s road safety strategy for 2010 to 2020. Significant progress has been made under the two previous Action Plans across all key areas of the Safe System.
However, there are still areas where progress towards a safe road system needs more momentum. The third Action Plan will renew focus on areas of greatest risk and disproportionate harm, and present opportunities for the use of current and emerging technologies.
In particular, this Action Plan’s focus is to:
- Enable smart and safe choices on the road
- Make motorcycling safer
- Ensure roads and roadsides support safer travel
- Encourage safe vehicles
The Why do People Die in Road Crashes report, in part, informs the Safer Journeys Action Plan.
The report analyses a sample of road crashes to get a better understanding of why people die in crashes, rather than looking at the cause of the crash.
Wearing seatbelts and helmets, the age and weight of vehicles, and speed are among the crucial factors in whether or not someone survives a crash.
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