In January 2019, the Associate Transport Minister announced an extension to the Safety Boost Programme to eleven more regional state highways across Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, Manawatū-Whanganui and the West Coast.
Safety improvements may include widening road shoulders and installing roadside safety barriers in high-risk locations, putting in rumble strips along the side and centre of the road, and improving signage.
While traffic volumes are lower on these roads, the risks for people travelling on them are real and many deaths and serious injuries can be avoided by making some relatively simple, but effective, improvements. For example, rumble strips can reduce all crashes by around 25 percent and fatal run-off-road crashes by up to 42 percent.
The Safety Boost Programme is part of the Safe Network Programme – a collaborative, prioritised programme of proven safety improvements on high risk routes across New Zealand.