Road Safe Hawkes Bay plans and implements road safety programmes in partnership with associated groups. Our key road safety partner is New Zealand Police, we undertake programmes designed to reduce the incidence and severity of road traffic crashes.
Regional Manager: Road Safe Hawke's Bay
I have been the Regional Manager of Road Safe Hawkes Bay for 9 years. I came into this role following on from Public Health at the Hawkes Bay District Health Board. The main part of my role was Injury Prevention with a focus on transport safety, which lead me into my current role. The focus of the work we do is road safety education, based on crash data from around the region but also nationally. We focus on the high to medium-high crash risks for Hawkes Bay – these include speed, impaired driving (drugs and/or alcohol), fatigue, driver distraction (cell phone use in vehicles), unrestrained vehicle occupants. This is undertaken in partnership with key stakeholders including New Zealand Police.
I am passionate about the work that I do and the work that we do with our partners. The goal is to reduce and continue to reduce road trauma on our local roads and beyond. Our message will always be ‘Road Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility’. By driving safely at all times we will increase the safety of all road users.
Road Safety Coordinator, Road Safe Hawke's Bay
Liz has worked for Road Safe Hawke's Bay for approximately six years, in the first instance as the Regional Child Restraint Educator and installation technician. Liz is now the Road Safety Coordinator for Central Hawke's Bay and also Wairoa. The key road safety focus for both of these communities is alcohol and drug impaired driving (with a focus on young and novice drivers), speeding, driver distraction, and fatigue. Liz also provides education across the region regarding child restraints through meeting staff from Child Care agencies and other associated groups. The joint project with New Zealand Police and the Department of Corrections fits within the high priority work that Road Safe Hawke's Bay do. Liz delivers the section of the program that focuses on child restraints and the law. Liz also provides follow up services for those who have concerns about their children's restraints or who have infringement notices. The goal is to work towards rectifying this for them
New Zealand Police
Senior Constable Clinton's role as a New Zealand Police Officer includes traffic enforcement and as a Crash Investigator. He has been a Police Officer for 17 years. As traffic officers, Senior Constable Clinton says they see the effects that crashes have on family, friends, etc. His role in the Road Safety Program is as a presenter on topics such as Safer Journeys Strategy 2020 and how we all play a part in keeping our roads safe. Additionally, Senior Constable Clinton presents on graduated driver licensing. As a group, he says, the ultimate goal is to reduce carnage on our roads and the devastating impact this has.
I work with Road Safe HB and New Zealand Police to increase awareness around the risks and consequences of driving impaired by alcohol. My son Ben was involved in a crash and lost two of his best friends. The reason I do this is to stop this from happening to other families.