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The Safe Network Programme is a collaborative initiative that aims to save up to 160 deaths and serious injuries every year across New Zealand’s highest risk state highways and local roads.

At least seven people die and around 54 are reported seriously injured every week on New Zealand’s roads. Each death and serious injury has a devastating and wide-reaching impact on our communities. It also has a social cost to New Zealand of $84 million per week, or nearly $4.7 billion a year.

The programme uses the Safe System approach, the international gold standard in road safety. This approach seeks to create a safe and forgiving road system that makes the safety of people a priority. It recognises people are not perfect, we make mistakes and we’re vulnerable in a crash. While mistakes are inevitable – deaths and serious injuries from crashes are not. 

New Zealand’s road safety strategy

Waka Kotahi are committed to making our roads safer, and have been working in partnership with local government and the wider safety sector to find the right safety solutions for each region.

The programme is complemented by continued investment in a wide range of programmes delivered across the safety spectrum, including road safety maintenance, advertising and education, road policing, active modes and public transport, all of which support improved safety outcomes.