NPDC's draft Speed Management Plan includes a 10-year vision for speed management, and proposals on how to increase road users’ safety in key areas of the district.
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Unfortunately, deaths and serious injuries (DSI) on our roads have been trending upward in the last 10 years. To address this, NPDC has a goal of reducing DSI by 40 per cent by 2030.
Any changes would be implemented over the next three years.
We’re holding drop-in sessions so that you can find out more about these proposals and share your thoughts. We’d love to see you there!
We currently have an Interim Speed Management Plan, which NPDC approved after two years of public consultation. We are now consulting on the final Speed Management Plan, which lays out proposed safety improvements for the next three years plus a 10-year vision around speed management. The speed management plan is reviewed every three years.
Waka Kotahi’s Road to Zero campaign includes having every council in New Zealand review the appropriate speeds on their local roads. Speed is the key factor in deaths and injuries – no matter what the cause of an accident is, it’s speed that determines whether or not you’ll walk away from it.
An additional benefit of safer speeds is that they will aid New Zealand’s contribution to global sustainability targets by reducing harmful emissions and noise pollution, making communities more attractive for living, working or visiting.
New Plymouth's CBD has had a 45% reduction in crashes since the safer speed of 30km/h was installed in 2012.
For every 1% reduction in speed there is 2% decrease in injury crashes, 3% decrease in severe crashes and 4% decrease in fatal crashes (a 1% decrease in speed across New Zealand would result in 16 people’s lives saved per year). Not only do safer speeds increase road safety and reduce crashes, they also improve liveability and help to reduce vehicle emissions. (Source: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency)
Bringing in safer speeds is only one part of NPDC’s efforts to reduce on-road death and injury. We’re also investing in infrastructure improvements and education, and will continue to work alongside the police on enforcement.
We have five criteria for prioritising roads:
We all make mistakes and we should all be able to survive them. Through safer speeds and road improvements, we’re creating a road system that is forgiving.
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Page last updated: 09:41AM Mon 18 September 2023