Road safety

1. Councils responsibility

Council has responsibility for land transport activity in Upper Hutt and covers management of all land transport matters, including the city’s network of local roads. Part of our function is to ensure that residents and visitors to Upper Hutt can move freely, efficiently and safely throughout the city.

Safety of all road users is a paramount concern of Council. Council works in conjunction with the NZ Police, the New Zealand Transport Agency, ACC, schools, and community groups on road safety initiatives that work towards the New Zealand Safer Journeys vision of ‘A safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury’.

2. Restraints

Most children are restrained when travelling in vehicles … BUT around 80% of child restraints are either not installed correctly or not appropriate for the child.

Under New Zealand law, all children under seven years of age must use an approved child restraint appropriate for their age and size. Children aged seven must be secured in a restraint if one is available in the vehicle.

https://nzta.govt.nz/safety/vehicle-safety/safety-belts-and-restraints/child-restraints/using-child-restraints-in-new-zealand/

Child restraints save lives but it’s vital a child restraint is installed correctly to keep your child safe.

We know installing a child restraint isn’t the easiest thing to do, so the New Zealand Transport Agency has created a series of videos to show you how to correctly install your child restraint and fit your child in it properly.

They have also provided tips on buying a child restraint and talk you through the legal requirements for using child restraints in New Zealand.

https://nzta.govt.nz/safety/vehicle-safety/safety-belts-and-restraints/child-restraints/buying-and-installing-child-restraints/

There has been a tragic increase in the number of road deaths involving people who weren’t wearing a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest safety measures you and your passengers can take, and it could save your life. (Brake Aotearoa NZ)

Seatbelts save lives, increasing your chance of surviving by 40%. Most of us accept that, however when people choose not to wear their seatbelt while driving, they put themselves in greater danger of being fatally or seriously injured if they are involved in a crash. In the last five years, 300 people have died because they didn’t wear a seatbelt. (NZTA)

3. Motorcycling

What can riders do to stay safe?

In 2017, there were 7,372 motorcyclists that received treatment, help and support from ACC after they’d been injured on a bike.  To avoid crashes, we’re reminding motorcyclists to:

  1. Sign up and complete a Ride Forever course
  2. Check your bike is roadworthy
  3. Wear the right gear every time you ride
  4. Consider a bike with ABS brakes, if you’re in the market for a new bike.
What can drivers do to help increase rider safety?

Drivers play a key role in helping to keep motorcyclists safe, especially in heavy traffic. Drivers need to know that they’ll be seeing more bikes on the road over the warmer months, starting from September.

We encourage drivers to be extra careful and keep a look out for bikes when they’re driving. They need to check their blind spot by turning their head to check behind them, especially before changing lanes, and to be mindful at intersections as motorcyclists can appear suddenly.

Ride Forever training courses

Ride Forever is ACC’s subsidised rider training programme with courses available for all skill levels, from beginner through to elite. Expert training like this has a value of around $300, but with the ACC subsidy courses cost riders $20 to $50.  http://www.rideforever.co.nz/coaching

4. New drivers

Learning to Drive? https://drive.govt.nz/ has got heaps of cool stuff that will help you get confident behind the wheel.

5. Older drivers

The NZAA wants to keep senior drivers safe, confident and independently mobile for as long as possible, so they’re offering a FREE 1 hour coaching session to AA members aged 80 plus. This is a relaxed session with a friendly AA Driving Instructor in your own vehicle. Call 0800 223 748 or visit https://www.aa.co.nz/drivers/fully-licensed-drivers/aa-senior-driver/

6. Speed

Less Speed, Less Harm

The single biggest road safety issue in New Zealand today is speed – drivers travelling too fast for the conditions.

Adjust your speed to the conditions.

 https://nzta.govt.nz/safety/driving-safely/speed/

7. Intersections and roundabouts

Crashes at intersections are an area of concern for the Wellington region, with poor observation being the leading cause.

Test your knowledge of the rules on the following websites:

8. Safety around schools

More children are out and about before and after school – let’s keep them safe.

Safe use of the road is a shared responsibility – we all need to work on it.

School Patrol help children cross the road safely at many of our Upper Hutt schools – please watch out for them and be prepared to stop.