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NZ road toll – what is acceptable?

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    Profile photo of lilith7lilith7
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    lilith7

    I came across this a while ago,might be useful if we adopt it here.

     

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/104359784/do-as-the-swedes-have-done-on-roads

     

    “In comparison, 254 people were killed on the roads in Sweden in the same year. Sweden has a population of roughly double New Zealand’s. That makes New Zealand’s roads about three times as deadly.
    This despite Sweden having a much harsher and darker climate with snowy and icy roads several months per year. Drivers there also have to be cautious of collisions with wild animals like moose, boar and deer.

    1. All 100 km/h roads today (those not having median barriers) must be labelled for 70 km/h, preferably with speed cameras
    2. Make it mandatory to have the headlights turned on all the time

     

    3. In the cities, the speed must go down as well. Where cars, pedestrians and bicycles are sharing the roads, 40 km/h is implemented in Sweden.

     

     

    There are other details, but these are simple enough to put into use here without much disruption.

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    TedE

    Thank you Lilith, yes I think those proposals you set out are a good way to start:
    1. All 100 km/h roads today (those not having median barriers) must be labelled for 70 km/h, preferably with speed cameras

    2. Make it mandatory to have the headlights turned on all the time

    3. In the cities, the speed must go down as well. Where cars, pedestrians and bicycles are sharing the roads, 40 km/h is implemented in Sweden.

    That’s an interesting link.
    The Swedish have done a lot more things that we could emulate.
    We need to teach our grandchildren to drive to the conditions well. So many seem to think that if a road is designated 100kph then you must be able to drive it at 110kph at all times in all conditions and around all the corners. If they cannot make it it’s the roads fault or the car doesn’t have sufficient safety features.

    I find it inexcusable that the AA is opposing the 30kpph proposal for auckland’s CBD. When the AA called for members to complete a survey a while ago I raised this issue. now for them to oppose it when it will kill more of their members as well as pedestrians and others who are not likely to be members very short sighted.

    TedE - Papakura -

    #1716541
    Profile photo of mommabear70mommabear70
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    mommabear70

    Wow, so in Sweden pedestrians share the roads with cars.

     

    #1716544
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    doogie

    To enforce an open road speed limit of 70 KPH no vehicles should be allowed on the road unless a minimum count of twenty were preceded by a pilot vehicle flashing red lights displaying no passing signs while traveling strictly at the 70 K limit. Ques 15-20 k long would be more economical to police. Lets do this.

    #1716553
    Profile photo of coogee1gcoogee1g
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    coogee1g

    Reading the Statistics Put out by the Ministry of Transport on the causes of these Road Deaths is a eye opener.The number of unlicensed and disqualified drivers. The number of drunken drivers.

    Drivers identified as evading enforcement officers or racing or showing off at times of crashes.

    Don’t know what the answer is but pretty scary reading.

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