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March 2018

Welcome to the change of seasons and the SASTA newsbytes for March, we hope you are able to check out our monthly update on campaigns from around the country, upcoming events and information relevant to our members. 

Crash Bash targets texting teens

The dangers of texting while driving are highlighted in the new Crash Bash road safety show.

The danger of teens using cell phones while driving is one of the key focuses of this year’s Crash Bash stage performance. Crash Bash is an educational road safety programme geared towards secondary school students. It is organised by Christchurch City Council, in conjunction with the Police, and presented by the Court Theatre. It will be seen by more than 14,000 Canterbury teens over the course of this term.

“Drivers engaged in sending or reading a text are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers focused on the road so it is really important we get the message through to young drivers that they shouldn’t be using their phone while driving,’’ says Christchurch City Council Transport Operations Manager Steffan Thomas.

Other key messages in this year’s Crash Bash include:

  •  Always wear your seat belt.
  • Ease off the accelerator when approaching corners. Going too fast could result in you crossing the centre line as you come out of the corner.
  • Be prepared to stop on the yellow light at intersections and do not feel pressured to drive through.

“We also want to remind young drivers that the two second rule is crucial for giving yourself a safe distance for reacting and stopping,’’ says Mr Thomas.

“Driving requires 100 per cent concentration, 100 per cent of the time. Young people also need to remember that distracted drivers are dangerous drivers. Keeping your eyes on the road, driving phone free, setting your music before start your trip are all crucial to arriving safely at your destination.”

Young drivers are over-represented in road crashes. Nationally, young drivers make up just under 5 per cent of all licensed car drivers yet they account for 10 per cent of drivers in serious crashes and 7 per cent of drivers in fatal crashes.

Walking School Bus Week 

Pedestrian safety is an area of extra focus for Auckland. Children aged 5-18 years made up 24% of pedestrian DSI in Auckland between 2013 and 2017. Children younger than 10 are at increased risk of being injured whilst walking as they lack the cognitive abilities to accurately judge vehicle speeds and distance to cross the road safely. The opportunity to advance children’s road safety skills is present when children are supervised by an adult. Walking School Buses provide safe travel to school for 5-9 year old children whose parents may be unable to walk with them every day and are an opportunity to instill lifelong pedestrian safety skills. Walking School Bus (WSB) week is an annual event celebrating Auckland’s extensive walking school bus programme -  351 WSB’s, 1600 walking volunteers, 4,300 school children aged 5-9 years  and  163 schools. The goal is to create 20 new WSB’s as a spin off from the week-long event. It featured themed days, Safety Audits and special guest walkers, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who joined the Walking School Bus at Gladstone School on Friday 16th March. 

Auckland Transport - Red Light Running campaign
‘Don’t let red lights bring out the worst in you’

Auckland Transport will be delivering an integrated marketing campaign in Feb/March to raise awareness around the dangers of running red lights and to help reduce the number of death and serious injury crashes at signalised intersections due to red light running across the Auckland region.
For more info click on the image below or view video online:

Waimakariri’s first “Urban Cycleway” officially opened

Around 200 people turned out on a beautiful sunny day for the official opening of the first of two of Waimakariri’s Urban Cycleways on 3 March.
Local Iwi blessed the Passchendaele Memorial Path before Mayor David Ayers, NZTA Director Regional Relationships Jim Harland and MP Matt Doocey spoke to those gathered. 
The Passchendaele Memorial Path was named in memory of the fallen of the disastrous First World War battle of Passchendaele 1917. Waimakariri has a special link to the battle, being twinned with the Belgian municipality of Zonnebeke, which includes the Passchendaele battlefield.
The new path begins at the Mafeking Footbridge near Smith Street and follows the Kaiapoi River stop-bank before passing beneath the rail bridge. The off-road, fully sealed path runs alongside Lineside Road on the western side of the railway line. The northern end of the cycleway connects into existing on-road facilities at Southbrook in Rangiora.
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, spot prizes were drawn including the major prize of a $1,000 voucher from local retailer Push Bikes and then the majority of those present either took the opportunity to walk or cycle the 8.5km path with many making the return journey.   
The path has received very positive feedback from the community and is seen as an alternative transport link between the townships of Rangiora and Kaiapoi and also as a recreational path. 
Waimakariri has a second Urban Cycleway Project still under construction – the Rangiora Woodend Path, which runs between Rangiora and Woodend townships and is expected to be completed late April/early May.

2018 Young Drivers marketing campaign

Watch out for bad combos!  Especially when you drive.
Auckland Transport has launched a new campaign to empower young people to make better driving choices. Targeting 16 to 24 year olds across the Auckland region, the aim is that this integrated campaign will help avoid reckless and careless driving situations, by bringing to life the power of making a better choice. We want young drivers to make better choices when it comes to their driving behaviour. We know how much damage road crashes are having on young people and their communities. By being single-minded about helping people, we can re-frame the purpose of our safety communications to be ‘with the people’, not against them.

This campaign will be live from 9 March to 4 April. For more info, please go to: www.AT.govt.nz/youngdrivers

Intersection Research from AA

Anna Blomquist of WCC recently asked AA if they had any attitudinal research on intersection behaviors, below is the data provided.
  • 2/3rds of drivers say they are seeing less indication at intersections than a year ago
    This finding comes from our quarterly rolling survey, which we have been sending out to AA Members since early 2013.  Over this time, an average of 67.5% of people have said they are seeing less indication at intersections than a year ago.
  • 2/3rds of drivers say they are seeing more drivers confused at intersections or roundabouts than a year ago
    This finding comes from our quarterly rolling survey, which we have been sending out to AA Members since early 2013.  Over this time, an average of 66.6% of people have said they are seeing more confusion at intersections and roundabouts than a year ago.
  • When presented with a range of uncontrolled intersection scenarios with mixed-mode use (ie. vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, other wheeled devices), in almost all scenarios people thought turning vehicles should have right-of-way over people using other transport modes who want to proceed straight across. 
    Only in a scenario where a cycle lane was marked straight across the intersection, was opinion evenly split between who should have right-of-way - ie. about equal support for the cyclist going straight through as for the turning vehicle.
This comes from a 2016 survey.From our survey results about red light running:
  • Over 75% of AA Members say they witness red light running at least once a week.
  • 17% of people say they see red light running every time they travel.
  • 89% of AA Members support more red light cameras.
Research on road risks (commissioned in recent years by the AA Research Foundation) has found drivers significantly under-estimate risks at intersections.  This comes from comparing how drivers rate their risk at intersections with the actual risk (based on crash data).

Professional Development

Transport & Health Knowledge Hub on 22 February
Presentations from the inaugural Transport & Health Knowledge Hub are now available for viewing on the Ministry’s website:
Once confirmed, the next event will be a presentation in April by Dr Simon Kingham, the Ministry’s Chief Scientist, on a topic to be confirmed.

TRAFINZ Workshop - 28 March
Next Trafinz workshop in Wellington will be on speed and speed management. Thsi si at Wellignton City Council from 930am-12noon. If you’re going to be involved in implementing speed management would probably be well worth attending to understand where NZTA are currently at. Ngaire (co-chair) will be there as it’s followed immediately by the Trafinz exec meeting.

Please RSVP to: Trafinz secretary - Susan Lilley <
Susan.Lilley@dcc.govt.nz>
2WALKandCYCLE conference - Palmerston North, 30 July - 1 August

Road Safety Coordinator Vacancy - Selwyn District Council

Australasian Fleet Safety Awards 2018

The 2018 Australasian Fleet Safety Awards are now open for entries.
 
The Awards are a fantastic opportunity for organisations and individuals to gain recognition for the hard work they do to reduce crashes involving at-work drivers. The awards are entered and attended by a wide range of organisations from across the industry, and our awards ceremony is a great networking opportunity and celebration of best practice. The winners will be announced at our annual reception in Auckland, New Zealand in October 2018.
 
The 2018 Awards, which are free to enter, will be offered in the following seven categories: 
  • Company Driver Safety Award
  • Fleet Safety Product Award
  • Road Safety in the Community Award
  • Safe Vehicles Award
  • Sustainable Journeys Award
  • Road Risk Manager of the Year Award
  • Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety Award
Key dates:
  • Deadline for entries: Friday 15 June 2018
  • Winners announced: Thursday 11 October 2018
Visit www.fleetsafetyawards.com/australasian-awards to find out more information and download an entry form.

Executive Meetings

The Executive has monthly teleconferences and meets once a year for a face to face meeting in Wellington. Our face-to-face meeting was on February on the 21st and 22nd. Minutes from our previous meetings can be found by logging on our website.

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