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Dekra counts 922 cities free of traffic deaths

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“Vision Zero”: this strategy, which was originally developed in Sweden, means 100% safe arrivals and zero road fatalities.

Many towns and cities have achieved this aim in recent years, in Europe, the United States and Japan. Here is link to map – http://www.dekra-vision-zero.com/map/

The Dekra road safety report 2017 (p29) identified 922 towns/cities with over 50,000 inhabitants that recorded at least one year with zero traffic fatalities between 2009 and 2015, while 16 towns/cities recorded six or seven years with zero traffic fatalities. For towns/cities with over 100,000 inhabitants, the figures since 2009 are as follows: 193 towns/cities recorded at least one year with zero traffic fatalities between 2009 and 2015 and three towns/cities recorded five years with zero traffic fatalities. And in towns/cities with over 200,000 inhabitants, 29 towns/cities recorded at least one year with zero traffic fatalities between 2009 and 2015 and three towns/cities recorded four years with zero traffic fatalities.

In Hamilton NZ, we have had a year free of traffic deaths since 2000. But sadly we haven’t had a target to have everyone home safe and healthy, every day, and with no exceptions

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And lets not forget NZ Easter Holiday 2012 Zero & NZ Queen’s Birthday 2013 Zero

References:

Dekra road safety report 2017 – page 29

Access Hamilton safety action plan 2010 – page 26

HCC Growth and Infrastructure 9 May 17 – page 35

 

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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