What is the problem?
A Crash Analysis System (CAS) search 2014-2018 of all crashes in Northland (7409) informs us ‘Travel Speed’ (Too fast) was a crash factor in 20.23% of crashes (1499). The same crash factor when applied to all death & serious injury crashes (733) for this same period was a factor in 30.83% percent of those crashes (226).
Between 2014 – 2018 39 people died (37 fatal crashes), 238 were seriously injured (186 serious injury crashes) in crashes where inappropriate speed was a contributing factor.
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’.
Check out this ‘physics of speed’ educational game from the Western Australian Governments ‘Road Safety Commission’.