Abley’s Managing Director Steve Abley is currently attending the gisworx conference in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where he is presenting on Abley’s strategic approach to road safety through the use of GIS technology.
Steve notes that the “UAE has made amazing progress towards "Vision Zero". They have reduced their double digit death rate per 100,000 people to a single figure in only a few years. The target now is to go even lower with a target of 3 deaths per 100,000 by 2020 and lower still after that. That’s a really ambitious target, but possible with the assistance of targeted enforcement and infrastructure investment.”
A rate of 3 deaths per 100,000 population in New Zealand would mean more that fewer than 150 people would die on our roads annually. While any number of road deaths is unacceptable, having nearly 400 people die on our roads annually is tragic. It’s great to see our Government prioritising investment in road safety through the Government Policy Statement. We can do much better.