Road Safety Week activities 2017
Over 750 schools, kindergartens, companies, community groups and road safety professionals took part in Road Safety Week 2017 by holding awareness-raising events in their communities.
Take a look at more photos from Road Safety Week activities on our Facebook page.
The Science of Speed video with Nanogirl
Brake teamed up with Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl), Safekids Aotearoa, Meadowbank School and sponsors QBE Insurance to look at the science of speed and why it's important to #SlowDown.
Nanogirl and her assistants use an experiment to demonstrate stopping distances and show how even small increases in speed mean much greater increases in stopping distance.
Watch the video on Facebook or YouTube.
Royal Oak Intermediate School
The school held a photo call with Brake, Safekids, Police and school students, with the Road Safety Week banner and signboards.
They held a road safety assembly with presentations by Dr Mike Shepherd from Safekids Aotearoa/Starship Hospital, and Constable Dean McEntee from NZ Police.
The school also ran a poster competition, created road safety videos, and conducted traffic surveys.
Travelwise students conducted a survey to see how many drivers parked illegally at the two school entrances. They also surveyed students to see how they get to school, with the aim of getting more students and parents to walk. All the Junior School classes worked with the Police and Auckland Transport and looked at how to cross the road safely.
The students said: "Constable Merv and Marianne showed us pictures of zebra crossings, drive ways and cars parked on the road. We talked about how we need to - stop, look, and listen at the crossing. Then we talked about how to walk sensibly and cross the road safely. Sometimes we need to hold an adult’s hand when crossing to be safe and it is important that we walk across the road even if we have skateboards or bikes. It is also important that we use the pedestrian crossings when we cross the road.
"We went outside to practice safe road crossing at the zebra crossings, driveways and sneaky driveways. It is important to look front, left and right and behind before crossing. At the crossing, you need to stop, look, and listen BEFORE you cross the road. You need to check if the cars have stopped by looking at their wheels."
5 River Rangers Guides took part in the Virtual Run, running 5km around their local area to share the #SlowDown message with drivers.
Catholic Cathedral College put up a road safety display, held a school-wide poster making competition, and integrated road safety into subjects such as English and social science.
Central Southland College SADD Committee ran a whole week of activities for their peers, including a mock crash and presentations from emergency services.
Central Taranaki Safe Community Trust worked with schools in Central Taranaki to design and make signs to put outside school reminding drivers to #SlowDown.
Horizons Regional Council hosted Tamati Paul who presented his Shattered Dreams presentation to students at local high schools. They also focused on speed on rural roads in the region.
Hunua School held a Be Bright, Be Seen mufti day, and Wheels Week, with students coming to school on bike and scooter.
Karori West Keas worked on their Road Safety Kea badge.
Marco School did a 5km sponsorthon. They invited the local Senior Constable to hold a bike safety check workshop and to reinforce good road practises when cycling.
Motueka High School held a Bright Day, with students and staff coming into school wearing their brightest clothing.
Riverhead Scout Group took a walk around their community wearing hi-vis to raise awareness of keeping young people safe in their village.
Road Safety Southland ran its Bright Sparks programme with kindergartens, ran a campaign looking for local Road Safety Champions, and held cycling activities.
Rutherford College's Year 12 students took part in a RYDA programme, learning about speed and stopping distances, distractions and how to make good choices as a driver and passenger. They wore yellow ribbon pins as a commitment to road safety and made their own pledges.
Stanhope School held up #SlowDown banners outside their school to remind drivers going past their school to slow down, and made road safety badges.
St Joseph's School, Orakei held a competition to create #SlowDown posters and banners which will then be made up into flyers and handed out in the local community reminding drivers to slow down around school.
Sunnybrae Normal School held a Bright Walk to school, with students, parents and teachers dressing in their brightest clothes and braving the wet weather to take part. Students were encouraged to walk or ride to school each day and those who did could place a leaf on the Travelwise tree. Police also attended to talk to students and parents about some of the ways our road rules are enforced.
Waste Management NZ promoted key road safety messages to drivers in all its offices.
Whakatohea Iwi Social and Health Services worked with local partners to hold a child restraint checking clinic, and held activities on the topic of driveway safety.