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Driver Distractions

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Distracted driving includes a range of activities where attention is directed away from safe driving, towards competing events, objects or people, both inside or outside the vehicle.  Click here to see the range of distractions you may face.

Check out the latest cell phone distraction video from NZTA here

More facts and figures from NZTA can be viewed here





Police Education Resources for Years 9-13

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The Road Safe series or resources includes learning activities across all year levels of New Zealand school.  the aim of the Road Safe resources is to ensure that studetns develop the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes to keep themsleves and others safe on or near the road.  the resources can be downloaded from the Police's School Portal

N Z Curriculum Online - Road safety context

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The NZ curriculum Online provides four case study examples of road safety ideas and action to add relevance and depth to learning areas.

These case studies illustrate how schools have explored road safety aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum and are intended for secondary students, years 9 and 10 (junior secondary school).

Further information can befound here.

New Zealand's Road Safety Strategy 2010-2020

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Safer Journeys is the government's strategy to guide improvements in road safety over the period 2010 to 2020.  The strategy's vision is a safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury and introduces the Safe System approach to New Zealand.  The Safe System approach will look at the whole roading system to improve safety by creating safer roads and roadsides, safer vehicles, safer speeds and safer road users.  These four areas will address through action plans areas of high concern.  Young drivers are a high area of concern under the pillar of safer road users.

Every year a disproportionately high number of young people are killed and injured in road crashes. They have a road fatality rate of 21 per 100,000 population - double New Zealand's overall rate. When Safer Journeys was developed, road crashes were the single greatest killer of 15-24 year olds, and the leading cause of their permanent injury.

There are a number of reasons for this. Young drivers tend to have less driving experience and are more prone to taking risks as the parts of the brain that assess risk and control emotions and impulses are still developing into a person’s twenties. Young people are also more likely to be affected by drugs and alcohol than other drivers. In addition, many of the people killed by young drivers are their own passengers, who are their peers. 

Further resources can be found here

Students Against Dangerous Driving - SADD


SADD groups nationally have the opportunity to create their very own student manifesto to effectively tackle attitudes and behaviours around drinking.  Developed in consultation with secondary school students, the manifesto campaign provides a chance for young people to show they are part of the solution in reducing the rates of alcohol related harm amongst their peer groups.

SADD groups work within their schools to develop a manifesto (a positive statement of intent) that is designed to support healthier attitudes and behaviours amongst their friends and peers.  They then launch the campaign to the whole school community, encouraging the entire student body to ‘sign on’ to the positive movement their manifesto stands for.

SADD believe it is a great campaign for engaging the entire school community.  It is also an initiative that can be expanded upon beyond the school gates, by engaging community partners in what the students are doing, or by showcasing the manifesto to the wider community.

 Further resources can be found here.



Calculating Standard Drinks for Various Alcoholic Beverages

One standard drink of any alcoholic beverage contains 10 grams of pure alcohol.  But beware that many of the drinks available for purchase over the bar may contain more than one standard drink!  Most alcoholic drinks these days have the number of standard drinks on the label.

Information and a guide on New Zealand guide to standard drinks can be viewed here.

Download a standard drinks chart here.


To calculate the number of standard drinks in any volume:

 Use this calculation below or view the resource on the New Zealand Health Promotion Agency (HPA) web site here.

  1. Note the strength (% alc/vol) of the drink selected on the label and divide by 100 to convert it to a decimal.
  2. Multiply your answer in step 1 above by the volume in ml of the alcoholic drink selected to determine the volume of pure alcohol in the selected drink.
  3. Multiply your answer in step 2 by 0.789 (density of alcohol at room temperature). This converts the volume of the beverage into grams of pure alcohol.
  4. Divide step 3 by 10 (grams of alcohol in one standard drink) top determine the number of standard drinks.


 To calculate the volume of one standard drink of any alcoholic beverage:

  1. Note the strenth (% alc/vol) of the drink selected on the lbael and divide by 100 to convert it to a decimal.
  2. Divide 12.67ml (the volume in ml of 10g pure alcohol*)  by step 1 (the strength as a decimal).  thisnis the volume of one standard drink of this selceted beverage.

* the volume in ml of 10g pure alcohol is obtained by dividing 10g by the specific density of pure alcohol (0.789) 

To calculate Blood Alcohol Concentration

  1. Work out the number of standard drinks consumed and multiply by 10.  this determines how many grams of alcohol you have consumed
  2. Multiply the number of hours you have been drinking by 7.5g (the average rate of elimination of alcohol from the body).
  3. Subtract step 2 from step 1.
  4. Multiply your weight in kgs by 6.8 (if you are male) or 5.5 (if you are female).
  5. Divide step 3 by step 4 to give your approximate BAC.

How quickly does the BAC drop?

BAC reduces by approximately 0.015 each hour after drinking has stopped.