Down with speed

Higher speeds result in more crashes and more severe injuries

The faster a driver travels on a road, the more likely the driver is to crash. As speed increases, the stopping distance increases.

Speeding is just as dangerous as drink driving 

 New research from Australia shows the speeding driver and the drunk driver have similar risks of crashing. We do not accept drunk drivers on our roads. We must not accept speeding drivers on our roads.

Fewer New Zealanders would be killed and injured if we all slowed down

It is estimated that if we reduced average speed on New Zealand's roads by just 1 km/h the rash rate would be reduced by 3%. In 1999 that means 15 lies would have been saved and 360 injuries prevented.

We can't beat the laws of physics

Stopping distance follows the laws of physics and is not related to driver skill. The faster a driver travels the longer it takes to stop.

What's the rush?

The majority of the trips we take are short. On a 10km journey if you reduced your average speed from 110km/h to 100km/h it would take you an extra 33 seconds. Is this increased risk of crashing acceptable in the interests of saving just 33 seconds?! 

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