Road Safety in New Zealand
New Zealand has continued to perform relatively poorly on road deaths per head of population compared to other developed countries. Our current death rate is 7.9 deaths per 100,000 population, whereas countries with good safety performance have death rates between 2 and 4 deaths per 100,000 population. Australia’s current rate is 5.0 deaths per 100,000 population and Sweden’s death rate is 2.6. If New Zealand had a comparable death rate to Sweden approximately 250 fewer people would have died in 2017. (Draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) 2018)
Crash Bash is an educational road safety programme for secondary school students organised by Christchurch City Council in collaboration with NZ Police. Funding for the programme is provided by Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).
The programme is toured as a stage performance to secondary schools in the Canterbury area with key road safety messages.
The 2019 tour "REACTION" will commence on February 18 - March 22. The crew for the 2019 tour has a 'star' line up from The Court Theatre's rendition of "Jesus Christ Superstar".
The key messages for 2019 will investigate alongside Police why crashes occur and the driving behaviours young drivers can adopt to avoid the risk of crashing .
For further information or bookings for the 2019 performance at your school, please contact Angela McDonnell Angela.McDonnell@ccc.govt.nz, or phone (03) 941 8379.
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