Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

New School Road Safety Programme

August 17 2001 Media Statement

New School Road Safety Programme

Transport Minister Mark Gosche today announced a $9 million road safety education programme to be offered to all primary and intermediate school children.

"Learning about road safety should be a life-long process. Our primary and intermediate schools are the place to start that process", Mr Gosche said.

“Last year New Zealand had its lowest annual road toll in 36 years yet 465 people died and some 11,500 were injured on our roads. These figures are unacceptable and we are still well below the best results achieved by similar countries.”

The new programme will help teachers use road safety education in their day-to-day delivery of the curriculum. It will be rolled out progressively over the next three years beginning next school year. Ultimately it will be offered to all primary and intermediate schools.

"The aim is not to add to teachers’ current work loads. Rather, teachers will be given resources and activity ideas which means they can easily incorporate road safety messages into their existing teaching programmes."

“It might mean anything from counting traffic to teach mathematics, to writing road safety advertisements to teach language,” said Mr Gosche.

The initiative has already been successfully piloted in a number of schools around the country. It is expected to cost $9.08 million over the first three years.

“This Government is determined to further reduce the trauma on our roads and I’m confident this education programme will help us achieve that.”

Education is one of three key components in the Government’s drive to reduce road fatalities. The others are enforcement and engineering activities.


ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

The Pike River Mine Drift will be re-entered, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced today.

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little...

“The advice I have received indicates that it is likely to be around February before the re-entry proper gets underway, by breaching the 30m seal.” More>>

 

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuilding: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Loses In Supreme Court: Call For Debate On Prisoners' Right To Vote

The court earlier this week upheld a High Court decision which found that a law restricting a prisoner's right to vote was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels