Speed isn't a problem, bad drivers are. Why aren't you focusing on them?
Even the most skilled drivers make mistakes, and most drivers understand New Zealand's roads can be challenging. Good speed management gives drivers the cues they need to judge the safe and appropriate speed for the road they're on.
We all make mistakes. Speeding is the one risk that good drivers can minimise.
Going a few kilometres faster or slower doesn't make any difference to safety
Actually, it does. Speed is the difference between a correctable mistake and a fatal error. Every extra km/h increases the likelihood of someone being killed or injured in a crash. Regardless of what causes a crash, speed always plays a part.
Slowing down will make it take ages to get anywhere
Not necessarily. Research has shown driving at a speed appropriate for the road is likely to only result in a very small increase in travel time. Other factors, such as lights, traffic, and intersections have a much greater effect on travel time.
You just want to drop speed limits everywhere
No, we want to use local knowledge and data to make sure we've done everything we can to make your roads safer. This could mean road improvements so it's safer at the current speed limit, or it could mean lowering the speed limit. There may be places where speed limits could be increased. The aim is to make sure we have the right speeds on the right roads.
Modern cars are safer and better, so there's no need for us to drive slower
Why have a variable lower speed limit outside some schools, not a permanent lower speed limit?
What is good speed management?
Good speed management is when technology, data, first-hand observation and local knowledge are used to help make a road safer. Community engagement – before, during and after the consultation period – is at its heart. This ensures the public is fully aware and involved throughout any changes.