Why Safe Speeds matter – Auckland Transport

Why Safe Speeds matter – Auckland Transport


Today there are so many more people
living in the city center of Auckland than what there was ten years ago. We
have a crisis in Auckland around Road Safety, the number of people getting
killed or seriously injured on our roads is at unacceptable levels and one of the
easiest ways we have available to us to fix it, is to reduce speeds on our roads. So Brake is a road safety charity which works to prevent road deaths and
injuries and make communities safer. Speed is a key factor in all crashes
because the speed that you’re travelling at and the speed that any other vehicles
are traveling at that are involved is going to determine whether you survive a
crash and walk away from it unharmed whether you’re injured or killed. The evidence tells us that the faster you go the more likely are you are to make an
error and the heavier the consequences are that people pay. At 50 kilometres an hour there’s an 80% chance that a person struck by a car will die, at 30
kilometres an hour that chance of somebody dying reduces to 10% it’s not
much to ask. So Brake supports AT’s plans to
introduce safe and appropriate speeds and implement those around the Auckland
region. We have a lot of 50 kilometer an hour limits in places that just where
it’s not appropriate to have 50kms anymore where 30kms would be much and safer in terms of protecting people. I’ve met a lot of families who’ve been
impacted by crashes I’ve seen the devastating consequences that they have
and if we can prevent that from happening to other people, it’s worth it.
Already in the city centre of Auckland we have some parts of our city which are at
30 kilometers per hour and we’ve already seen over the last
eight to ten years how that has seen a dramatic improvement in the number of
deaths and serious injuries around the city. You know something we should expect
to be able to do is to walk freely around our city, free from the threat of
being injured or killed on the roads

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