This toolkit is for anyone who wants to contribute to a better conversation about road risk in New Zealand.
If you read the news, browse social media, or speak with friends or colleagues, you often hear misinformation about speed and risk on the road. Many people have strong views about the rights and responsibilities of New Zealand drivers, but those views do not always reflect the level of risk. The discussion is sometimes dominated by views which assign blame to slow drivers, visiting drivers, or young drivers, for example, rather than being an informed conversation about the true obstacles to safer journeys.
The current conversation is often unbalanced, and can stop people from really considering what it takes to keep themselves and others safe. It can make it challenging for policy makers, such as Road Controlling Authorities (RCAs), to make journeys on our roads safer.
Locals know local roads and frequently have a perspective on what needs to be done. It’s important these perspectives are heard. Everyone has a part to play in creating a transport system that is safe for all road users.
We want to help groups engage with communities and have better conversations about road risk. To do this we will bring more balance to these conversations and provide materials that help increase understanding of road risk.
This toolkit is intended to help you – community and business leaders, road designers and builders, law enforcement and policy makers, educators and road safety partners – have those conversations and gain perspectives. The content is designed to enable you to enter and have better conversations about road risk in your community.