Organisations band together to reduce speeding
The New Zealand Police, the Australasian College of Surgeons and Brake are urging people to think about the consequences of driving too fast for the conditions.
Acting Superintendent Bronwyn Marshall, national manager for road policing says if you crash at a high speed, the level of injury sustained will be worse than a crash at low speed.
“Effectively the speed you drive will dictate whether you or other victims in the crash walk away or are carried away.”
Bronwyn says police offers are often the first to arrive at the scene of a crash, and they see first-hand the tragic injuries and harm that occurs when people decide to speed.
“Less speed really does mean less harm,” says Bronwyn.
Mr Li Hsee, chair of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeon’s New Zealand trauma committee, urges motorists to think of the consequences before stepping on the accelerator.
“Road traffic crashes are the number one cause of major trauma in New Zealand.
“Speeding is one of the main driver behaviours associated with fatalities and life-threatening injuries.
“Severity of injuries and probability of death are proportional to the speed of impact.
“As trauma surgeons, we care for patients who survive road crashes.”
Li says for many, crashes can result in a life of disability, pain, hardship and regret.
“We would challenge anyone who believes its okay to exceed the speed limit to spend some time on our watch.”
Caroline Perry, who is the director of Brake – a road safety charity which supports bereaved families, says she sees the devastating consequences of crashes that involve speeding or driving too fast for the conditions.
“It’s important we understand that speed is an outcome factor in every crash; the speed you’re doing will determine the likelihood of you surviving a crash or not.
“It’s vital you keep below speed limits, and in winter, when weather conditions are often poor, that may mean slowing down even more and increasing the distance between you and the vehicle in front.”
Acting Superintendent Marshall says if people just followed the rules of the road and reduced their speed, everybody on the road would be a lot safer.