Safer roads, safer speeds Hamilton
We want everyone who calls Hamilton home, or visits our city, to be safe when using our streets and roads. That means in our busy city we need the right speeds on the right roads for all, whether walking to the shops, biking to school, driving to work or making deliveries.
Hamilton City Council has a Vision Zero goal for road safety – this means we don't believe any loss of life on our streets and roads is acceptable. We're also a growing city, with more than 20,000 extra people expected to call Hamilton home in the next 10 years.
The focus of our most recent road safety campaign is on intersections - and getting people to look twice when approaching them.
Intersections include roundabouts, give way, stop signs and signalised crossings.
We all rely on each other to get to where we're going safely, especially when we approach an intersection. But too often drivers are approaching intersections without doing a double take.
Around half of all of Hamilton's crashes take place at intersections, and the main causes for these are poor observation or failing to stop or give way.
The campaign will run from June to early July 2021 and the message we are promoting is "stop, look, and then look again when approaching intersections".
The key things drivers can do to keep themselves, and others, safe at intersections are:
- When approaching an intersection, switch on, be actively aware of your surroundings and other drivers
- Signal early and be predictable to give other drivers the best chance to see you too.
- Approach at a safe speed for the conditions
- Actively look at the approaching vehicles and any pedestrians. Anticipate what's coming up.
- Pay full attention through the whole intersection. Do not allow yourself to be distracted. Not by your phone or by your passengers.
One of the ways we can make our streets safer is by better managing the speed people travel around the city.