High-risk drivers remain a road safety concern 28 May 2012
- Alker to play Holden NZPGA Championship 2016 Living
- Police to trial family violence victim video statements News
- New Zealand to ratify Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol News
- Round Win For Cooley Living
- Material Wanted For Movie on the Life of Bruce McLaren Living
- Greater transparency for Govt investment projects News
- Auckland building consents continue to surge News
- New Law Commission projects announced News
- Honda's Rees is Fastest on Burt Munro's Patch Living
- Research provides innovation roadmap for Auckland News
The latest report on the impact of high risk drivers shows these drivers remain a major worry on our roads, Associate Transport Minister Simon Bridges says at the launch of a ‘Ghost Chips’ billboard at Western Heights High School in Rotorua today.
The Ministry of Transport report shows that between 2006 and 2010, 620 people were killed in crashes where high-risk drivers were at fault. The report defines high-risk drivers as those with previous speed and alcohol offences, or who engage in high-risk behaviour (for example, driving with a high blood alcohol content or illegal street racing) at the time of the crash.
“All drivers can make mistakes, and it is important that everyone take responsibility for their actions on the road, no matter what their driving history. But this information shows that there is a subset of drivers whose reckless actions remain a cause of many road deaths and injuries,” says Mr Bridges.
“Most high-risk drivers are male (84 per cent) and young (54 per cent under 30 years old). This information will prove useful for future targeted road safety campaigns.
“High risk drivers are a priority in the Government’s Safer Journeys road safety strategy. We are taking steps to reduce the impact caused by this core of problem drivers.
“As part of our actions aimed at reducing the impact of this group, the government has doubled the prison penalties for dangerous drivers who cause death. We have also made decisions to introduce alcohol interlocks and a zero alcohol limit for repeat drink drivers, as well as progressing actions across the road system that can help reduce road crashes and the damage they cause when they do occur.
“In addition to Safer Journeys actions, last year the Government announced a $10 million per year investment package to increase access to alcohol and other drug treatment. $1 million of this is dedicated to fund programmes for drink-drivers and is estimated to achieve up to a 9 per cent reduction in repeat drink driving for 1,400 drink-drivers a year.”
The report and a Q&A are available at:
(New Zealand Government)
22 Nov 2015 News
New Zealand Government Rt Hon John Key Prime Minister 22 November 2015 PM welcomes closer partnership with ASEAN Prime ... more
20 Nov 2015 Business News
Nov. 20 (BusinessDesk) - Tower, the general insurer, says it will report an annual loss next week after raising its provisioning for... more
17 Nov 2015 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk NZ inflation expectations drift further below 2% mid-point Nov. 17 (BusinessDesk) - Longer term ... more
20 Nov 2015 Lifestyle
New Zealand’s recreation industry recognised 10 inspiring individuals and organisations at the New Zealand Recreation ... more
4 Nov 2015 Property
Auckland house price growth moderates in October as new rules introduced Nov. 4 (BusinessDesk) - Auckland house price growth... more
12 Oct 2015 Migration
Those looking for a sense of security when immigrating to New Zealand or Australia, need look no futher than the first inusrance... more
21 Sep 2015 Migration
NZ's annual net migration reaches record 60,300 in August on Indian, Chinese students By Jonathan Underhill Sept. 21... more
29 Oct 2015 Travel & Tourism
Internal Affairs says Australia's cloud passports only "conceptual" for now Oct. 29 (BusinessDesk) - The Department of... more
22 Oct 2015 Travel & Tourism
Auckland Airport a 'conductor' for New Zealand tourism, CEO Littlewood says Oct. 22 (BusinessDesk) - Auckland International... more
19 Nov 2015 Sport
New Zealand Rugby Union Richie McCaw retires from rugby Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boot... more
20 Nov 2015 Opinion
Gordon Campbell on why Islamic State’s growing weakness makes it more dangerous One of the great things about writing online... more
20 Nov 2015 Appointments
Article - BusinessDesk Cavalier promotes CFO Paul Alston to top job By Paul McBeth Nov. 20 (BusinessDesk) - Cavalier Corp, the... more
4 Nov 2015 Recruitment
Article - BusinessDesk UPDATE: NZ employment falls in third quarter, adding to case for further RBNZ rate cut (Recasts to... more