Brake works with communities, government and organisations to bring about changes to save lives. Use the below links to find out more about our campaigns for road safety. Read more about our current campaigns below.
Freedom to Move
To be safe, sustainable, active road users we need foot paths, cycle paths, and great public transport. Yet many of us find it hard to get around because we don't have these facilities. Our campaign calls for the freedom to move around our communities and country in ways that keep us safe and active, and in ways that don't damage our planet. Brake is calling for:
- Footpaths and crossings that connect homes, schools, shops and other important community facilities.
- Cycle paths separated from roads to protect and enable cycling by all.
- Reliable and cheap public transport so we can leave the car at home and save the planet.
Communities need 30km/h limits to protect people on foot and bicycles, and enforcement of limits. Yet many communities have 50km/h or higher. These higher speed limits are dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists; the faster we drive, the less chance we have to react, and the harder we hit. Brake is calling for:
- Drivers to drive at 30km/h or below in communities.
- Speed limits of 30km/h or lower in communities.
- Enforcement of speed limits in communities where speeding is a problem, through camera technology.
Rural roads not race tracks
Many NZ road deaths are on rural roads. Our campaign calls for these tragedies to be tackled now. Brake is calling for:
- Drivers to recognise the dangers of losing control on roads that are often bendy, wet, dark and with hidden dangers, and slow down on our rural roads.
- A drop in the 100km/h speed limit on high-risk rural roads.
Sober Up New Zealand
Drink and drug drivers are killers that must be stopped through urgent action. It's no longer acceptable to drink any amount of alcohol and drive, nor take any drugs and drive, inclusive of marijuana. Brake is calling for:
- New Zealanders to put an end to drink and drug driving by not letting mates drink or drug drive and taking personal responsibility to never do it ourselves - be a legend.
- Comprehensive roadside drug drive testing across NZ as well as continued drink drive enforcement.
Parents, grandparents, and all other adults have the power to protect children from death and injury on roads, through simple steps even a child could follow. Brake is calling on you to:
- Hold hands! Hold your kids' hands when out and about on roads, and teach them the danger of traffic.
- Adults to ensure children are always belted up in special child seats in cars until they are 148cm tall, not just until they are seven (at the moment the law says it is only compulsory until the age of seven).
- Parents to protect their children from drive ways and reversing vehicles, by fencing gardens and taking care when driving in and out.
- Slow driving. Show your children you care about all children, by driving slowly.
Driving is the most dangerous thing most people do, so being distracted is not an option. We need to switch off our phones and concentrate on the task in hand. Brake is campaigning for:
- New Zealanders to switch off our phones and avoid all other distractions when driving.
- A ban on hands-free phones when driving. It's the call that's distracting, not just holding a phone.
Fit to drive
Having our wits about us when driving is essential; our campaign combats drivers who are tired, can’t see, or have other impairments that endanger road users. Brake is calling for:
- Drivers to take a break every two hours or sooner on long trips, and never drive tired.
- Drivers to not drive when feeling ill or stressed.
- Drivers to have an eyesight test at least every two years and wear glasses or lenses if you need them.
Young people for road safety
This campaign is by young people and for young people. It's your chance to stand up for the planet and choose walking, cycling and public transport. It's your chance to speak out for safe choices and stop other young people driving too fast, drunk or drugged, or without seat belts. Brake is calling for young people to:
- Campaign against pollution by choosing walking, cycling and public transport.
- Help stop fast, drunk and drugged young drivers by speaking up for safety and making the Brake Pledge.
Brake works alongside employers to campaign for fleet safety. The bigger the vehicle, the more damage it can cause. Our campaign calls for responsible management of fleets by employers, from trucks to cars. Brake is calling on employers to:
- Join our Brake Professional scheme, providing guidance on road risk management.
- Sign up their drivers to the Brake Pledge.
People bereaved or seriously injured in road crashes are the forgotten victims, facing the biggest challenge of their lives. They have a right to support and recovery. Brake is working to:
- Raise awareness in New Zealand of the rights of road crash victims to emotional and practical support.
- Forge partnerships with other charities, the police, and health providers to improve the level of care provided to road crash victims.
Sometimes a holiday of a lifetime ends in tragedy. Visiting drivers cause deaths and maim on our roads, often due to basic lack of experience of our road laws, or trying to travel too far, too quickly and too tired. Brake is calling for:
- All vehicle rental companies to be required to ensure visiting drivers understand the main safety rules, including speed limits, not overtaking, and driving on the left.
- Increased enforcement of visiting drivers.
Submission on the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits
Submission on the Land Transport Amendment Bill
Inquiry into the future of New Zealand mobility consultation response
Vehicle emissions Australian Government discussion paper response
Allowing children under 14 to cycle on footpaths petition response
Response to NZ cycling safety panel consultation
Submission in support of Skypath in Auckland