Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Protect your family, Make it to Monday on NZ Roads

Protect your family, Make it to Monday on NZ Roads this long weekend

Sunday, 1 June 2014 - 1:12pm

National News

New Zealand Police’s sympathies are extended to families and friends who have lost loved ones on the road over the long weekend. Already there are five confirmed deaths, which for Police, its road safety partners, and the families left behind is simply five too many.

We are all human, and mistakes happen on our roads. Police are encouraging drivers to take simple survival steps in order to Make it to Monday.

Assistant Commissioner Dave Cliff says “We encourage New Zealanders to spend a couple of minutes watching this short road safety video featuring kids aged 4-7 in Wellington. Their messages are delivered in such a cute, disarming way, that as adults, we can’t help but be moved by what they say. Children are like sponges for what goes on around them in the car and adults will be surprised what they can learn from this video. The kids’ advice is simple: slow down, wear your safety belt, stay off your mobile phone while driving, and refrain from drinking and driving. As drivers we have a responsibility to protect these little people on our roads.”

The video has been viewed by 25,000 people on Facebook and YouTube since it’s launch on Thursday, with many users commenting that the kids are both profoundly cute and accurate.

Youtube link: http://youtu.be/aGki0EVevLc(link is external)

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=782487731783655&set=vb.321854097847023&type=2&theater(link is external)

As well as promoting safer road use, police are also promoting the use of safer vehicles.

For any family thinking about replacing their car, we encourage them to buy the safest car they can afford (the one with the highest star rating). The safest cars are 5 star ANCAP rated and if you're looking at a new car, please check the safety rating. If you're buying a used car, enter its registration number at www.rightcar.co.nz(link is external) and check it has a high star rating before you buy it.

“You and your family deserve the safest car you can afford and it makes a huge difference to your survival in a crash.”

Police will be encouraging safe road use throughout Queens Birthday Weekend which officially ends at 6am Tuesday 3 June. Police will be highly visible on the roads with a focus on drink driving, speeding and ensuring that all passengers are buckled into their safety belts and that children are wearing child restraints.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river.

“Despite an explicit assurance from Minister Smith that the new water standards would provide for human and ecosystem health, he has failed to deliver on either of these things,” says Forest & Bird CEO Kevin Hague. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Immigration: Clampdown On Rogue Employers Good First Step

The Human Trafficking Research Coalition is pleased at the new clampdown on rouge employers who exploit migrants announced by Minister Woodhouse this morning, and believes this is a step in the right direction. More>>

ALSO:

Mayor: 750 New Social And Affordable Homes For Wellington (Over A Decade)

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. More>>

ALSO:


November Quakes:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics. More>>

ALSO:

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:


Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news