New Zealand

Launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety
11 May 2011, New Zealand Ministry of Transport

The New Zealand Ministry of Transport is working with other government agencies that have an interest in road safety as well as the New Zealand Automobile Association to hold an event to mark the Decade of Action for Road Safety. The government's Safer Journeys road safety strategy will be central to this event.

Contact: John Summers
Tel: +64 4 439 9086
Email: j.summers@transport.govt.nz

Road Safety Week
9-15 May 2011, Brake New Zealand

Brake (New Zealand), the road safety charity working to stop the carnage and support the victims, is promoting its Road Safety Week from 9 - 15 May 2011 in New Zealand. It is encouraging the participation of schools, nurseries, companies, and communities as part of the Week, which will happen annually from 2011. The date has been chosen to coincide with the Decade of Action events. For more information about how to take part by running a road safety awareness event, go to www.brake.org.nz and click on the events button.

Contact: Julie Townsend
Email: brakecharity@gmail.com

Safekids Campaign, focusing on driveway run over injuries
1 July 2011-30 June 2012, Safekids New Zealand

It is estimated that every two weeks a child was hospitalised with serious injuries (1998-2001 and 2001-2005) received from a vehicle driving on a private driveway in New Zealand. A further five children were killed annually, on average, in the same period. Our goal: raise public awareness on the dangers posed by driveways and vehicles to children, and advocate for physical and environment modification measures that will improve the safety of children in driveways through the Safekids Campaign. The Safekids Campaign is a national child injury prevention, capacity building and public awareness programme. The Campaign aims to empower partners, coalitions, communities, indigenous and other ethnic groups, families, and like-minded individuals in working towards a common goal - preventing childhood injury and improving child health outcomes.

Contact: Ann Weaver
Tel: +64 9 631 0717
Email: ann.weaver@adhb.govt.nz

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