30kmh a safer limit
Six-year-old Junior Ianuali was run over and killed outside Cannons Creek School in Porirua. To his parents, friends, relatives, schoolmates and all those who witnessed the accident, even the driver of the car that hit him, this little boy was a child who should have every right to become an adult.
However, to the NZTA and the Ministry of Transport he will merely be a statistic. It is these statistics and facts and figures that all children and teenagers are up against, when they make their way to and from school and it will take an adult to change this.
It appears that the car that hit him was unlikely to have been speeding in the 50kmh zone, but few children would survive being hit by a car at that speed. At 50kmh the average car would travel 13 metres while the driver reacts and then the car would travel another 15 metres throughout the process of braking, travelling a massive 28 metres from initial reaction time to coming to a halt.
If a 30kph speed limit had been in place in the Cannons Creek School zone, then this tragedy may well have had a different outcome. At 30kph the