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Report
Road Traffic Incident
Management Seminar 2014
Supt. Carey Griffiths
National Manager: Road Policing
Outline
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Strategic direction for road safety
The Safe System
Road safety trends and issues
Enforcement focus for road policing
Crash response
Strategic Direction for Road Safety
Sector priorities:
 Lowering BAC
levels
 Speed
management
 Signature projects
 Accelerating exit
of unsafe vehicles
Safe System Approach
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Big emphasis
on training in
safe system
approach to
road safety
A 63 year record low achieved in 2013
Focus on deaths a risk
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The death focus means we lose
sight of hospitalisations
 It means that drivers see crash risk
in terms of extreme behaviours that
make the headlines (“it’s about
someone else”)
 Dec 2013-Jan 2014, over 60% of
fatals were “normal people” paying
a high price for mistakes
A change in understanding
Fatal
Crashes
Extreme behaviour
Extreme behaviour
Minor illegal plus
Minor
illegal
system
System failure
Lapse / error
Injury
Crashes
Wundersitz and Baldock (2011)
Crash hospitalisations > 1 day
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Average around 2700 a year (for more than a day)
 The five year national trend for quarterly hospitalisations is
now showing a slight increase after a sustained period of
reductions.
 Discernible upward trends are observable in the Auckland,
Canterbury, Central, Northland and Wellington districts.
 The following districts recorded hospitalisation counts in the
September 2013 quarter that were in excess of the average
of the previous five September quarters: Southern (35%),
Northland (17%), Canterbury (16%), Tasman (14%) and
Auckland (2%).
Why hospitalisations and not reported
injuries from Traffic Crash Reports?
Percentage Change in Deaths, Hospitalisations, Population, Vehicle
Kilometres Travelled (VKT) and Vehicle Numbers
Percentage change in deaths, hospitalisations, population, vkt and vehicle numbers
compared to 2001
30%
Percentage change since 2001
20%
10%
0%
-10%
-20%
-30%
-40%
-50%
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Year
Deaths
Hospitalised for over 1 day
Population
Vehicles
VKT
2013
Social Cost
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The total social cost of motor vehicle injury
crashes in 2012 is estimated at approximately
$3.29 billion (up from $3.26 billion in 2011).
Fatal Five
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Speed
Alcohol and drug impaired driving
Failure to wear Restraints
Dangerous and careless driving behaviours
High risk drivers
What are Police Doing to Improve Road Safety?
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Mobility devices and greater efficiency of roadside enforcement.
Prevention through deployment of enforcement to crash risk.
Speed Camera Expansion Programme, ANPR and other
technologies
Implementation of the lower blood alcohol limit and improved
child restraint laws.
High visibility campaigns and increased enforcement activity.
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Safer Summer – including trial of a reduced speed tolerance and coloured
and marked Highway Patrol vehicles.
‘Safe Driver- Safe Vehicle’- checks on both driver compliance and vehicle
safety.
What is the community thinking?
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93% of New Zealanders would like police efforts to enforce
road safety laws either
- increased (41%) or
- maintained at the current level (52%)
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How effective are demerits and fines in preventing
reoffending?
- Fines
81% ‘very’ or ‘quite’ effective
- Demerit Points 81% ‘very’ or ‘quite’ effective
Is there an opportunity to do more
with demerit points?
One of our Our biggest challenges?
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Attitudes to speeding – kinetic energy
management is critical to all aspects of
the safe system
Failure to understand collective risk
(most people understand high personal
risk)
Perceptions of revenue gathering: “why
don‘t you focus on the really bad
drivers?”
Speed vs alcohol risk
Post Incident Response
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Introduction of robotic total station theodolites allowing faster
clearing of scenes
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Purchase of additional district equipment.
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Continued focus on managing site efficiency vs. simply
gathering evidential requirements.
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Crash debriefs embedded into the national Police Lessons
Learned framework.
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Continued focus on training staff in crash investigation and
attendance from handling minor through to fatal crashes.
Conclusions
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Good progress has been made to reduce serious crashes and
fatalities on New Zealand roads over the last ten years.
NZ Police is investing heavily in road policing through improved
enforcement, better use of technology and the trialling of new
enforcement tools.
Police continues to support Safer Journeys partners to
implement the Safer Journeys Action Plan and enable a change
in the strategic policy direction and legislation (i.e. lower BAC
limit) to enable a long-term decline in road trauma.
NZ Police will continue to target the key drivers of road trauma
to improve safety of New Zealand roads.
Questions?

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