Students at schools across the country will be calling on everyone to Be a road safety hero alongside companies, communities, emergency services and road safety professionals during Road Safety Week (15-21 May).
Beca is proudly supporting Brake, the road safety charity, as co-headline sponsor of Road Safety Week alongside Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
As well as sharing road safety messages and highlighting the part everyone can play in making our roads safer, students will be celebrating their own local Road Safety Heroes, including school road patrols.
Over 100 schools around the country will join in a national Road Patrol Superhero Day on Wednesday 17 May, recognising the work that road patrol students do to help their peers get to and from school safely, and reminding drivers to slow down around schools and look out for children.
This year is the 12th Road Safety Week New Zealand. More than 900 organisations across the country have registered to join in with the week and the theme to Be a road safety hero, which recognises all those who work to make our roads safer and support people following a crash.
Waka Kotahi and Beca will be visiting schools across the country alongside roading contractors to run activities that help students learn about keeping safe around road works and the important work that road workers do.
"Improving road safety is a vital part of our work at Beca," General Manager Transport & Infrastructure – New Zealand Andrea Rickard says. "We are proud to stand alongside Brake, Waka Kotahi, our partners and all of the road safety heroes in communities across Aotearoa, who work every day to make our roads safer. After the impact of the extreme weather events we’ve seen this year, we appreciate the people who work on our roads now more than ever! It means a lot to our Beca whānau to be part of promoting road safety messages to the communities we live and work in, particularly in our local schools.”
Kane Patena, Director of Land Transport, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says: "To achieve a vision of an Aotearoa New Zealand where there are no deaths and serious injuries on our roads, we need to work together. Every day there are many people working hard to make our roads safer and deliver Road to Zero, New Zealand’s road safety strategy. Road Safety Week is a great opportunity to celebrate these road safety heroes."