Slow down on roads

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Driv­ers are be­ing urged to slow down as sum­mer ap­proaches.

The NZ Trans­port Agency is sup­port­ing the Po­lice and ACC safe sum­mer speed en­force­ment cam­paign in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty re­gion and Trans­port Agency Re­gional Di­rec­tor Harry Wil­son is call­ing on driv­ers in the re­gion to do their part in keep­ing them­selves and their fam­i­lies’ safe this hol­i­day sea­son.

‘‘Our re­gion has one of the worst crash records na­tion­ally, and speed is a big part of the prob­lem. Last year 17 peo­ple lost their life on our high­way roads in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty – 10 in De­cem­ber and 7 in Jan­uary - that’s 17 fam­i­lies af­fected by a tragic road crash, we don’t want any­one or their fam­i­lies to ex­pe­ri­ence such tragedy and so we are ask­ing driv­ers to do their part by stick­ing to the speed limit this sum­mer hol­i­day pe­riod,’’ says Mr Wil­son.

Mr Wil­son said speed was a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in all 17 road fa­tal­i­ties.

‘‘The crash fig­ures speak for them­selves, and ex­cess speed is a fac­tor in far too many deaths and in­juries on our roads. What­ever the cause of a crash, the speed at im­pact determines how badly peo­ple are in­jured. There should be no tol­er­ance for ex­cess speed­ing when we know that the out­come can be tragic for those in­volved.’’

In the last five years (2008-2012) Mr Wil­son says 90 peo­ple have been killed on Waikato and Bay of Plenty roads and 335 se­ri­ously in­jured dur­ing the De­cem­ber to Jan­uary sum­mer hol­i­day pe­riod.

‘‘2008 and 2010 both had the high­est num­ber of fa­tal­i­ties on our roads with 20 peo­ple killed in both those years dur­ing the De­cem­ber-Jan­uary sum­mer hol­i­day pe­riod.’’

In the last five years speed was a sig­nif­i­cant con­tribut­ing fac­tor in crashes dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­day pe­riod with 31 per­cent (362 crashes out of a to­tal of 1,141 crashes) at­trib­uted to driv­ers trav­el­ling too fast for the con­di­tions while driv­ing in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty re­gion.

SPEED: Crash fig­ures in­di­cate ex­cess speed is a fac­tor in too many deaths on our roads.

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