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Zero Harm is safer than Safe Journeys

Zero Harm’s objective is that

“By 2020 or sooner all our people*, regardless of employer, will go home safe and healthy, every day, no exceptions”

“Our Safer Journeys ads sometimes employ a shock tactic; for Zero Harm we suggest a slightly different take, adding in an emotional campaign with faces of collegues who care, wives, husbands, partners and children who want you to come home to them safely.” NZTA Highways Information Portal Zero Harm Strategic Plan 2014-2020

Safe Journeys argues for “A safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury” Statement from March 2010 – Safer Journeys Strategy to 2020.

“If we continue with our current approach, and rely on our existing set of road safety initiatives, it is estimated that in 2020 around 400 people will still lose their lives” (p. 9)

[Sadly only] “alert, skilled, unimpaired drivers should expect to reach their destination without mishap every time” (p.11)

And of serious concern is the fact in the seventh year of Safe Journeys, we still have a road system that is increasingly killing responsible people who sometimes make mistakes in their use of the roads.

Lastly, and most disappointingly, the Ministry of Transport’s official summary of submissions to Safe Journeys referred to Vision Zero as “radical” in response to submitters that urged a ‘Vision Zero Strategy’ (p.12).

As the graph above shows countries setting Ambitious Targets are forgiving more people that make mistakes.

Graph from Quarterly road toll report:  http://www.transport.govt.nz/research/roadtoll/

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Safer Journeys Almost certain fail

Safer Journeys 2010-2020 outcome, rather than being the “safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury” desired, seems instead to be  “a road system increasing death and serious injury” judging by the results so far: http://www.transport.govt.nz/research/roadtoll/

A Safe System that adds extra allowance for the fact that people make mistakes and mistakes are inevitable is apparently not working.

For the Waikato the numbers are dreadful – http://www.transport.govt.nz/research/roadtoll/

Heavy motor vehicles feature in a disproportionally high number of crashes in the region, regardless of fault. Unfortunately, crashes involving heavy motor vehicles nearly always result in serious injury or death.

Waikato Regional Transport Committee Meeting 3-July-2017

 “In the year to date (12/06/2017) heavy vehicles have been involved, although not necessarily at fault, in 6 fatal crashes (23% of fatalities), motorcyclists in 3 fatal crashes (15% of fatalities) and pedestrians and cyclists in 3 fatal crashes (12% of fatalities)” (p. 32).

Road safety is no mystery: the agenda tells us

“Setting a more ambitious target would also bring the region into alignment with leading countries addressing road safety through the ‘Vision Zero’ approach” (p. 95).

“Leadership is critical to develop a transport safety culture. The existing model of road safety leadership in the Waikato needs to be strengthened” (p. 97).

The FiA is on the front line in tackling this challenge, together with its 245 member organisations around the world. NZAA is active member of FiA.

Here the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, is leading the 3,500 Lives road safety campaign.

The challenge

The #3500 LIVES campaign outlines the 10 rules that can help save your life and the lives of others

Rule 1 [set] Ambitious Target

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