New Zealand researcher to offer global perspective on road safety

CHAPEL HILL – Dr. Shane Turner, an adjunct senior fellow with the University of Canterbury, will present a lecture titled "Road Safety Trends, Targets and Safety Programs in New Zealand" on Wednesday, February 14 at 10:00 am in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt auditorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The free, public lecture is being cosponsored by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center and the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center.

Dr. Turner will discuss the success New Zealand has experienced in reducing fatal motor vehicle crashes over the last 20 years. Since the mid 1980's the number of fatal crashes has been reduced by over 50 percent, despite the fact that the amount of travel across the country has increased considerably.

Despite this major reduction, New Zealand still falls behind the performance of the "safest" countries in the world, such as Sweden and UK, and neighboring Australia. This presentation will cover crash trends in New Zealand, safety targets and the various programs and strategies that have and are being implemented to achieve these goals.

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