Safer speeds are safer for everyone
Imagine a future where no-one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes in the Eastern Bay of Plenty or anywhere else in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Where everyone, no matter their age or ability, can get around safely and our road system improves the places and spaces we love.
That’s what we’re working towards.
Speed limit conversations are often hard, but keeping people alive on our roads is, unashamedly, our number one priority.
International research tells us that no matter what causes a crash, the speed of a vehicle at impact is the single biggest factor that determines if you or someone you love is seriously injured, dies or survives unharmed.
That’s why we are seeking feedback on safer speeds along State Highway 30 (SH30) between Tikitere and Whakatane.
There have been a high number of crashes on this SH30 corridor and locals have told us speeds on the road feel too high to be safe. We want to make sure that speeds are safe and right for this road, so we’re reviewing the current speed limits.
Even when speed doesn’t cause the crash, it’s what will most likely to determine whether anyone is killed, injured, or walks away unharmed from that crash. When speeds are safe for the road, simple mistakes are less likely to end in tragedy.
What we know
We want to make your roads safer for everyone who uses them.
We’ve heard concerns from the community about the speed people are travelling along State Highway 30, through Rotoiti, Rotomā, Te Teko, Awakeri and as you enter Whakatāne. The current speed limits are not safe for the way people use the road.
Our priority is to make this a safer stretch of road as soon as possible so that everyone living on and using State Highway 30 can get where they are going safely.
One way we can do this is by reviewing the current speed limits, but we need your help to make sure we’ve got it right.
We understand that local people know their roads best. Let us know what you think about speed on this road. Does it feel safe for the way people use it? Is it affecting your community?
We will take the feedback we get from you and others who use or live along this road into account when we look at possible changes to the speed limits.
Between 2010 and 2019 10 people have been killed and 73 seriously injured. Most of these crashes have been head-on, run off road and speed related. We are reviewing the current speed limits to make sure speeds are safe for this road.
SH30 Tikitere to Whakatāne speed review information sheet [PDF, 901 KB]
Why safe speeds are important
- Safer speeds are safer for everyone.
- Even when speed doesn’t cause a crash, it is what will determine whether anyone is killed, injured, or walks away unharmed from that crash.
- As your speed increases, you have less time to react.
- When speeds are safe for the road, simple mistakes are less likely to end in tragedy.
- A small change in speed can make a big difference to the outcome of a crash.
- The speeds on a road impact how safe other road users feel to walk, bike, or travel with their children on that same road.
Locals know their roads best, so we asked for your feedback.
We’ll use your feedback to recommend what speed limits are best for these roads and then formally consult with you.
Feedback closed on Wednesday 7 July 2021.
SH30 Tikitere to Whakatāne speed review engagement summary report(external link)
View the feedback on our interactive map(external link)