What is the problem?
The ‘Crash Analysis System’ (CAS) tells us between 2012 – 2016, speed (Too fast) was a crash factor in 19 percent of Northland’s crashes (1243) of the total 6519 crashes.
Between 2012 – 2016 34 people died (30 fatal crashes), 216 were seriously injured (161 serious injury crashes) and 545 received minor injuries (349 minor injury crashes) in crashes where speed was a contributing factor. The social cost of these crashes was about $366.71 million.
What are we doing about it?
Improving our roads and roadsides will encourage people to travel at speeds that are safe for the conditions. Improving basic features such as road markings and signage will help road users to identify and understand the speed limit. The speed that is safe on a road under particular conditions (e.g. wet weather) should be obvious to the road user, but this is often not the case.
We want to better match speed limits to the safety features present on our roads and the mixture of road users. If a road does not have a high standard of safety features present, or if it is used frequently by pedestrians and cyclists, then its speed limit should reflect these conditions. We will also strengthen our efforts to inform road users about the risks and consequences of speeding and driving too fast for the conditions.
Remember – ‘The Speed that thrills is usually the speed that Kills’.