‘Light up and live’ could stop scary road toll

Weekend Herald - - Viewpoints - John Cald­well, How­ick.

We are killing each other on the road at a rate of nearly one per­son a day. It’s get­ting just a lit­tle scary out there on the high­way and some­thing has to be done.

Maybe it’s time to take mat­ters into our own hands.

Ev­ery­one who se­ri­ously wants to stay alive on the roads makes a pledge to obey the speed limit, wear a seat belt, not talk or text on the phone and not drink-drive.

To in­di­cate that you are do­ing the “light up and live” thing, you run your head­lights, day and night.

Wouldn’t it be a great Christ­mas present to give our­selves to not kill a sin­gle per­son on the roads this hol­i­day sea­son?

We could carry on and lower the road toll down to the point where other coun­tries would start us­ing New Zealand as an ex­am­ple.

To re­ally make this thing work, it would be help­ful if Jacinda went on TV and pro­moted the idea. She could even ask other prom­i­nent New Zealan­ders to join her for a “light up and live” cam­paign.

By the way, run­ning your head­lights in the day­time cuts your chances of hav­ing a crash by 3 to 5 per cent even with­out a pledge.

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