“Safer Journeys New Zealand’s Road Safety Strategy 2010-2020” was launched in March 2010, and has been supported by two subsequent action plans covering 2011- 2012, and 2013-2015. The Ministry of Transport, in collaboration with the National Road Safety Committee, commissioned an interim evaluation of the strategy which provides an important opportunity to take stock of recent progress and lay the platform for further significant improvement. The evaluation framework focuses on management systems, interventions delivered and results achieved.
Safer Journeys is a professionally developed, well regarded, stable road safety strategy. It is based on the reputable and internationally recognised principles of the safe system appproach. The strategy has clearly had a significant positive impact upon the wider road safety partnership and some sections of the community.
The strategy set 12 priorities, and these are addressed in this analysis of interventions. The partner agencies of the National Road Safety Committee were asked to provide information regarding the use of the indicators and the activity that was delivered.
Five areas of high concern were nominated in Safer Journeys. They contain some significant successes, particularly in the area of alcohol related crashes and the safety of young people where targets have already been met and exceeded, and where new legislation can be expected to lock in the improvements which have been made. There is also progress in safer roads and roadsides but much more to be done, ideally in conjunction with work on safer speeds. Some progress has been made on motorcycle safety, and more is likely to be required before the targets are reached.