Most deaths and serious injuries on NZ’s rural state highways are caused by head-on collisions or drivers running off the road and hitting trees, poles or deep ditches.
The Safe Roads Alliance was established by the New Zealand government in 2015 to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on high risk rural state highways.
Bringing together the NZ Transport Agency with other parties, including Beca, the Alliance has been delivering a programme of safety improvements across the country.
As locals know their local roads best, the Safe Roads Alliance works closely with communities and stakeholders to find solutions that best fit with how they use the road day-to-day, every day. The Alliance's philosophy is it's 'their road, not ours'.
The safety improvements will make rural roads more forgiving of human error and reduce the chance of people dying or being seriously injured if they crash. Mistakes will sadly still happen, but if these roads and roadsides can be made safer, more people might survive those crashes.
Safe Roads Alliance improvements include roadside safety barriers, wide centrelines, improved road signs and markings, rumble strips, wider road shoulders, intersection upgrades, better signage and safe and appropriate speed limits.
The Alliance has proven its ability to deliver complex programmes and continues to partner with the Transport Agency to support and guide long-term planning. Together, we are ensuring New Zealand's road safety efforts make an impact, and keep our road users as safe as possible.