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'Speak up' for Road Safety Week

7 May 2019

'Speak up' for Road Safety Week

Road Safety Week has kicked off again, with the theme ‘Save Lives #Speak Up’ – encouraging everyone to show leadership in road safety.

In 2018, 382 people lost their lives on New Zealand roads, with issues including drink driving, distractions, speed and not wearing seatbelts contributing to the high number of deaths and serious injuries.

Throughout this week Tairawhiti Roads will be running checkpoints with assistance from Police and SADD students (Students Against Drunk Driving) to provide education for drivers.

A car seat bolting clinic will be held at Star Service Centre tomorrow from 8.30am to 12noon, where people can have an anchor bolt installed in their vehicles for free.

The road safety team will also be working with local schools to provide education and encourage children to campaign for safety in their area.

“We encourage whanau to speak up if they see something that is not right on the roads,” says road safety educator Dianne Akurangi.

“All road users can be leaders and pledge to do everything they can to keep themselves and others safe.”

Road Safety Week 2019 runs from 6 – 12 May and coincides with the UN Global Road Safety Week.

For more information, visit the Road Safety Week website(external link)