Pace for people

A campaign for safe speeds.

What is the issue?

Speed is a critical factor in all road crashes and casualties. Driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead - such as a child stepping out from between parked cars - it is a driver's speed that will determine whether the driver can stop in time and, if they can't stop, how hard they will hit.

Pace for People is a campaign to reduce and enforce speed limits, in order to reduce deaths and injuries, encourage more people to walk and cycle, reduce pollution and improve health through active travel.

What are we calling for?

  • Widespread 30km/h speed limits in communities, city/town centres and outside schools.
  • Safe and appropriate speed limits on rural roads, as the current default 100km/h limit does not match the condition of much of our road network.
  • Comprehensive speed limit enforcement.
  • 'Intelligent Speed Assistance' (ISA) to be fitted to all new vehicles. This technology prevents a vehicle breaking the speed limit, unless the driver purposefully over-rides the system. This technology is due to become mandatory on all new vehicles in the EU and we urge New Zealand to follow their lead.

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