Lowering speed limits on these roads could save the life of someone you know.
On average, one person is killed, and several people are seriously injured in crashes on our roads every day. The ripple effects of these hundreds of deaths and thousands of serious injuries are traumatic for whānau, friends, communities, workplaces - and our whole country.
Speed increases both the likelihood of crashes and the severity of crashes when they happen. A small reduction in speed can make a big difference, especially when cyclists or pedestrians are involved. Most crashes are caused by a number of factors, but even when speed is not the cause of a crash, it will most likely determine whether you survive a crash or walk away unharmed.
Our priority is to make this highway safer as soon as possible so that everyone living on, and using it, can get where they are going safely.
We know speed is just one part of the puzzle and several different changes are needed to make our roads safer.
You can find out more about how we are working with the NZ Police, Ministry of Transport, local government,
WorkSafe and others to deliver Road to Zero, New Zealand’s road safety strategy
Road to Zero – NZ’s road safety strategy
Locally, on SH5 Waka Kotahi, the NZ Police and Taupō District Council have been working together on a corridor safety campaign known as Stay Alive on 5. This includes changes to Police deployment and enforcement, raising awareness of fatigue, driving to the conditions and safer speeds. There is also continuous investment in road maintenance and safety management measures.
On SH51 we implemented safety improvements north of Clive in 2020, including the removal of a passing lane, adding wide centreline, creating a new cycle path and a right turn bay into Hohepa and another into Waitangi Regional Park.
Near Hastings, the speed review also supports the Waipatu Community Plan, Hastings District Council’s speed review proposal for the side roads in this area. We’re applying the safe system approach to ensure infrastructure and speed work together to improve safety.
We know there are other changes people want to see. Lowering speeds doesn’t mean we can’t make other changes, but it is one of the best things we can do now to prevent deaths and serious injuries on these roads.