Us­ing Fiel­d­ays to push safety

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Vis­i­tors to the New Zealand Trans­port Agency site at this year’s Fiel­d­ays can find out about the agency’s work on the Safer Jour­neys strat­egy, re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties in the spot­light and in­for­ma­tion on key agency projects in Waikato and Bay of Plenty.

‘‘The road safety work we carry out in re­la­tion to this strat­egy is part of the NZTA’s over­all fo­cus on en­sur­ing New Zealand has an af­ford­able, in­te­grated, safe, re­spon­sive and sus­tain­able land trans­port sys­tem which grows our coun­try’s econ­omy,’’ ac­cess and use man­ager David Pearks said.

‘‘ The strat­egy’s four key el­e­ments – safer roads, safer ve­hi­cles, safer driv­ers and safer speeds – con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to safer and more re­li­able ac­cess across the coun­try for all road users, in­clud­ing freight and public trans­port.’’

Mr Pearks said the agency’s tent had a large area for the dis­plays and his staff would be on site to talk to Fiel­d­ays’ vis­i­tors about road safety and how to en­sure their ve­hi­cles com­ply with road safety rules and re­quire­ments.

‘‘We’ll have a range of dis­plays in­clud­ing video footage of our key safety cam­paigns and a va­ri­ety of posters and in­for­ma­tion leaflets,’’ he said.

Two Aus­tralasian new car as­sess­ment pro­gramme ‘‘crashed cars’’ will be on dis­play, com­par­ing the dif­fer­ent ef­fects an ac­ci­dent is likely to have on an ANCAP two-star rated ve­hi­cle com­pared to a five-star rated ve­hi­cle.

There would also be an ‘‘ over- di­men­sional’’ trac­tor and trailer unit.

This would en­able ru­ral vis­i­tors in par­tic­u­lar to see the types of sign re­quired on wider or longer agri­cul­tural ve­hi­cles.

State High­way man­ager Kaye Clark said that in ad­di­tion to the main fo­cus on Safer Jour­neys and the ‘‘Safe Sys­tem’’, the agency’s site would also have project in­for­ma­tion from both regions on dis­play.

‘‘These dis­plays will in­clude a fo­cus on our two roads of na­tional sig­nif­i­cance – the Waikato Ex­press­way and the Tau­ranga East­ern Link – and vis­i­tors can view a vir­tual fly­over DVD for these two ma­jor projects,’’ Mrs Clark said.

‘‘It’s a chance for peo­ple to see what we do and why, and how it re­lates to them.

‘‘ We’ll also have staff on hand to demon­strate key el­e­ments of our web­site, so peo­ple can see what it of­fers – from how to ac­cess use­ful in­for­ma­tion for plan­ning their road jour­neys safely; to reg­is­ter­ing your ve­hi­cle on­line or ac­cess­ing in­for­ma­tion on driver li­cens­ing.’’

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