More road police officers for Government’s zero road deaths policy

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Feb 23, 2022 |

The Government has launched the ‘Road to Zero’ public awareness campaign, which sets a target of zero road deaths and serious injuries by 2050, and a 40 per cent reduction by 2030.

Transport Minister Michael Wood said “there should be zero tolerance for people being killed or seriously injured on our roads.”

“The Road to Zero strategy is part of our plan to build the safest road system we can, and work towards zero road deaths and serious injuries.”

Wood said“ we’re aiming for significant reductions in a relatively short space of time, and we’re targeting all aspects of the transport system to get there, investing in safer infrastructure, we’re working to get more people into safer vehicles, we’re rolling out safer speed limits, and we’re refocusing on targeted and effective police enforcement.”

He said “there’s a huge amount of work being done, and we won’t get to zero deaths and serious injuries overnight, but by having zero as the goal and working towards it with a clear plan and a hard target for 2030, we can save thousands of lives.”

Police Minister Poto Williams said the Government has taken steps to strengthen the leadership, governance, and reporting for the delivery of Road to Zero, including a renewed focus on the vital role of police enforcement to deter impaired driving and other unsafe behaviour.

“We’re investing $2.9 billion in Road to Zero activities over the next three years, including $1.2 billion for road policing, which is an increase of $140 million compared with the previous three years. We’ve also commissioned an independent review to ensure that our road policing activities and safety infrastructure investments are effectively prioritised, delivered, and monitored as part of Road to Zero.”

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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