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


Low road toll ahead of Road Safety Week

Hon Michael Woodhouse
Associate Minister of Transport

6 May 2013 Media Statement
Low road toll ahead of Road Safety Week

Road Safety Week starts today and runs until 12 May, and Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse is encouraging all road users to think about safe driving and to take extra care around cyclists and pedestrians.

Road Safety Week NZ is promoted by the road safety charity BRAKE with the support of government agencies, and coincides with United Nations Global Road Safety Week that this year is dedicated to pedestrian safety.

“It’s great to see government agencies working with the community to promote road safety, and Road Safety Week is a good example.”

Mr Woodhouse says Road Safety Week also complements the good work the government is doing through the Safer Journeys Action Plan, which is seeing good results.

“Road Safety Week comes as the 2013 road toll is tracking well against previous years. The toll for the calendar year to 1 May stands at 82, the lowest since records began.

“This is a reduction of about 40 per cent over the last five years, and is less than a third of the number of fatalities (277) we had 25 years ago.

“The over-all trend is very positive, but we cannot afford to be complacent. A low road toll is of cold comfort to those who experience the loss of a loved one.

“I ask drivers to be extra vigilant around schools as students return to classes today to begin the new term. Cyclists and pedestrians should also take extra care, especially after dark.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news