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Dine in, Takeaways & Home Deliveries Ph 586 9030 66 Bloomfield Tce Lower Hutt www.littleindia.co.nz Programme plans for a decade of safer driving Costly corner: Wellington district road policing manager Inspector Peter Baird at Melling on State Highway 2, one of the region's most socially-costly road accident sites. Photo: JIM CHIPP By JIM CHIPP A United Nations global road safety project was launched at Parliament last Wednesday but government policy conflicts with one of its key measures. The Decade of Road Safety pro- gramme, fronted by former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh, specifies a maximum blood alcohol limit for drivers of 0.05 grams per decilitre as one of its key indicators. New Zealand s is 0.08 and in July last year the government declined to lower the limit after hospitality industry lobbying. Transport Minister Steven Joyce said the government needed to understand that it was having the impact needed for New Zealand. And in order to do that we have to have the actual evidence of drivers between .05 and .08, currently. Until the legislation was passed last week we had had no legal ability to collect that information. Now we do, and police will be working on ensuring that when people have accidents they can measure their blood alcohol and record whether they are between .05 and .08, which they haven t been able to do previously. That, over a two-year period, will give us a strong understand- ing of what those drivers contrib- ute to the road toll. The Government would then review the blood alcohol limit for driving, he said. Launching the programme, Mr Joyce said the Government s roads of national significance would all be built to a KiwiRAP (New Zealand Road Assessment Programme) four-star rating, meaning they will have adequate horizontal alignment, negligible road-side hazards, a minimum shoulder width of 1.7m, be multi- lane and median-separated. Although New Zealand s record of 375 road deaths last year is not among the worst, on a per capita basis it compares badly with Australia and Britain. At Australia s road death rate there would have been 297 deaths, and at the United Kingdom s just 166, he said. The World Health Organis- ation estimates the annual daily global road death toll to be 3500, or 1.3 million per year, with 90 per cent of fatal accidents happening in devel- oped countries, and the econ- omic cost of road accidents is US$100 billion a year. Automobile Association chief executive Brian Gibbons said more could and must be done to reduce the carnage and the AA has implemented a $1 million research fund, which has so far commissioned two studies. The first will look at driver perceptions of risk and whether low-cost changes to road markings or signage can alter that perception. The second, in conjunction with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, will study fuel-efficient driving techniques. The fuel-efficient driver is also a safe driver, he said. Care at crossroads Police Superintendent Peter Baird wants people to slow down and take more care at intersections. The Wellington district road safety manager said accidents at a few inter- sections contributed far more than their share of the social costs of road accidents. Melling intersection, and its approach roads, was one of the highest social cost locations in the Hutt Valley, he said. Lower Hutt s annual record of inter- section crashes is getting worse. In 2006 there were 320 intersections accidents, and in 2010 there were 400, an increase of 25 per cent. Our message is that there are so many road users in Wellington, driving for leisure, taking kids to school, work- ing or delivering goods and services, the one thing that could reduce our rate of medical services is people having a little more patience -- it would mean stopping for orange, or at least slowing for orange, turning your head sufficiently that you could see whether someone is coming or not, he said. In the course of the decade of road safety, specific responsibilities would be allocated to the key agencies to deliver improved road safety, he said. The intention is not just to wait out the next 10 years and see if changes will occur, he said. As the decade builds we will be measured and brought to account on those actions. Wellington has a very strong focus on intersection offending and traffic- light running, Mr Baird said. See also Toughening up on road offenders -- page 6.
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