CONTENTS

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ROAD

SAFETY

Achieving zero deaths on Aotearoa New Zealand's roads demands a new way of thinking about how we move. 

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WSP AND ROAD SAFETY

Ensuring that infrastructure is safe, accessible, and designed for all road users is vital to eliminate our road toll. WSP has the largest team of road safety specialists in Aotearoa New Zealand. We work on a wide range of projects, ranging in size from National Safety Programmes to localised pedestrian improvements.

Using Safe System and Vision Zero principles, we work to deliver safety outcomes for all those travelling on our roads. Key to this is close collaboration with WSP’s Research and Innovation team of safety and behavioural science specialists to understand the human behaviour of road safety.

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Vision Zero is a philosophy that refuses to accept that fatalities and serious injuries are inevitable consequences of mobility on the world’s roads. Vision Zero aims to create traffic systems worldwide where no human being is killed or seriously injured. 

WHAT IS VISION ZERO?

The Four Pillars of Vision Zero

Zero is the only acceptable number of deaths.

Humans fail, but design shouldn’t. System designers are responsible for the design, operation and use of the road transport system and the level of safety within the entire system.

Road users are responsible for following the rules established by the designers. If they do not follow the rules because of a lack of knowledge, acceptance or ability, the system designers must make further adaptations to ensure safety.

Collaboration between government agencies, public services, private industries and other road managers, is key to successful implementation of Vision Zero.

The advancement of Vision Zero must rely on evidence-based science.

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The Safe System approach to road safety makes sure that in a crash, impact energy remains below the threshold likely to result in death or serious injury.

It goes beyond establishing speed limits to managing interactions between the environment, infrastructure and physical vulnerability.

Within this approach, speed limits are a complementary intervention to creating safer roads, roadsides and vehicles that together work to accommodate driver error.

All parts of the system need to be strengthened—roads, roadsides, speed restrictions and vehicles—so that if one part of the system fails, other parts will still protect any person who is involved in a crash.

WHAT IS THE SAFE SYSTEM?

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Road Safety: The challenge in numbers

KEY FACTS

2020 estimated social cost of fatal and injury crashes in 2019

$4.5 billion

deaths on 
New Zealand’s roads in 2020

320

$5.5 million

cars registered on New Zealand’s roads in March 2021

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OUR PEOPLE

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MIKE MEISTER
Technical Director Transport

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FERGUS TATE
Technical Director Transport

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SAM PASLEY
Service Line Leader Road Safety

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ROBERT SWEARS
Principal Road Safety /
Transport Engineer

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GRANT GORDON
Technical Principal 

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CHERIE MASON
Technical Principal

ROAD SAFETY INSIGHTS

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Achieving zero deaths on Aotearoa New Zealand's roads demands a new way 
of thinking about how 
we move. 

ROAD

SAFETY

Achieving zero deaths on Aotearoa New Zealand's roads demands a new way 
of thinking about how 
we move. 

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DELINEATION
MARKINGS
AND SIGNS

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WSP AND ROAD SAFETY

Ensuring that infrastructure is safe, accessible, and designed for all road users is vital to eliminate our road toll. WSP has the largest team of road safety specialists in Aotearoa New Zealand. We work on a wide range of projects, ranging in size from National Safety Programmes to localised pedestrian improvements.

Using Safe System and Vision Zero principles, we work to deliver safety outcomes for all those travelling on our roads. Key to this is close collaboration with WSP’s Research and Innovation team of safety and behavioural science specialists to understand the human behaviour of road safety.

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WHAT IS
VISION ZERO?

Vision Zero is a philosophy that refuses to accept that fatalities and serious injuries are inevitable consequences of mobility on the world’s roads. Vision Zero aims to create traffic systems worldwide where no human being is killed or seriously injured.

The Four Pillars of Vision Zero

Zero is the only acceptable number of deaths.

Humans fail, but design shouldn’t. System designers are responsible for the design, operation and use of the road transport system and the level of safety within the entire system.

Road users are responsible for following the rules established by the designers. If they do not follow the rules because of a lack of knowledge, acceptance or ability, the system designers must make further adaptations to ensure safety.

Collaboration between government agencies, public services, private industries and other road managers, is key to successful implementation of Vision Zero.

The advancement of Vision Zero must rely on evidence-based science.


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WHAT IS THE SAFE SYSTEM?

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The Safe System approach to road safety makes sure that in a crash, impact energy remains below the threshold likely to result in death or serious injury.

It goes beyond establishing speed limits to managing interactions between the environment, infrastructure and physical vulnerability.

Within this approach, speed limits are a complementary intervention to creating safer roads, roadsides and vehicles that together work to accommodate driver error.

All parts of the system need to be strengthened—roads, roadsides, speed restrictions and vehicles—so that if one part of the system fails, other parts will still protect any person who is involved in a crash.

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cars registered on New Zealand’s
roads in March 2021

$5.5 

million

$4.5

2020 estimated social cost of fatal and injury crashes in 2019

billion

KEY FACTS

Road Safety: The Challenge in numbers

deaths on New Zealand’s roads in 2020

320

Road Safety: The challenge in numbers

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ROBERT SWEARS
Principal Road Safety /
Transport Engineer

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GRANT GORDON
Technical Principal

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CHERIE MASON
Technical Principal

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SAM PASLEY
Service Line Leader Road Safety

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FERGUS TATE
Technical Director Transport

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MIKE MEISTER
Technical Director Transport

OUR PEOPLE

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ROAD SAFETY INSIGHTS

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