In this section you will find information on the government's road safety strategy, road safety survey results, and information on number of holiday road deaths

Significant reductions in the number of fatalities on our roads have been made in recent years, but more needs to be done.

While the number of fatalities has reduced, the number of serious injuries has not. The cost to society of these fatalities and serious injuries is still too high. Young and novice drivers are over-represented in fatal and serious injury crashes.

Each year the social cost of crashes involving young and novice drivers is $1.1 billion. The annual social cost of crashes involving speed, alcohol and drugs is $1.73 billion. Continued investment in road safety to improve productivity and reduce costs to society is a priority.

In March 2010, the Ministry of Transport and our road safety partners launched Safer Journeys, a new road safety strategy to 2020(external link).

Safer Journeys: Safer Speeds Package

The Government has been working to improve road safety through its Safer Journeys strategy. The strategy was launched in 2010 to help New Zealanders' efforts to improve road safety through the Safe System approach.

The Safe System approach recognises the role that errors play in causing many crashes and the limits to what the human body can endure in a crash, and aims to create a forgiving road system that minimises errors and trauma resulting from crashes. The approach focuses on safer roads and roadsides, safer speeds, safer vehicles and safer road use.

The Safer Speeds Package is New Zealand’s new approach to speed management under the Safer Journeys strategy. Safer Speeds recognises that the transport environment is changing, with better infrastructure and technology available to manage speed to improve safety outcomes and promote network efficiency. 

The Government has announced measures including the release of a Speed Management Guide developed by the New Zealand Transport Agency. This guide modernises the approach to managing speed in New Zealand, to ensure a consistent sector-wide approach to speed that is appropriate for road function, design, safety, use and the surrounding environment (land use).