Gov­ern­ment an­nounces $20m to make ru­ral high­ways safer

Fiji Sun - - Aust/nz News -

Welling­ton: Rum­ble strips, safety bar­ri­ers and wider shoul­ders will be in­stalled as part of a road safety pack­age to im­prove ru­ral high­ways in Gis­borne, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu-Whanganui and the West Coast. The next stage in the Safety Boost Pro­gramme – $20 mil­lion to up­grade 670km across 11 ru­ral state high­ways – was an­nounced this morn­ing by As­so­ciate Trans­port Min­is­ter Julie Anne Gen­ter. “The Boost Pro­gramme in­cludes sim­ple safety up­grades that can be in­stalled quickly over the sum­mer pe­riod, such as rum­ble strips, road­side safety bar­ri­ers in high-risk lo­ca­tions, shoul­der widen­ing, and im­proved sig­nage,” she said. The tar­geted high­ways did not have the high­est lev­els of traf­fic, but were full of risky sec­tions such as sharp cor­ners and nar­row stretches, she said.

Rum­ble strips can re­duce fa­tal run-off-road crashes by up to 42 per cent, while shoul­der widen­ing at high risk sites can re­duce se­ri­ous crashes by up to 35 per cent. “All driv­ers make mis­takes from time to time. Safety im­prove­ments like these stop sim­ple mis­takes from turn­ing into tragedies,” Ms Gen­ter said. NZ Her­ald

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