News from NZ Police
There have been five deaths on the roads during Queens Birthday weekend.
Assistant Commissioner Dave Cliff says “We encourage New Zealanders to spend a couple of minutes watching this short road safety video featuring kids aged 4-7 in Wellington.”
The video has been viewed by 25,000 people on Facebook and YouTube since its launch on Thursday.
“Their messages are delivered in such a cute, disarming way, that as adults, we can’t help but be moved by what they say,” says assistant commissioner Cliff.
“Children are like sponges for what goes on around them in the car and adults will be surprised what they can learn from this video. The kids’ advice is simple: slow down, wear your safety belt, stay off your mobile phone while driving, and refrain from drinking and driving. As drivers we have a responsibility to protect these little people on our roads.”
As well as promoting safer road use, police are promoting the use of safer vehicles.
For any family thinking about replacing their car, we encourage them to buy the safest car they can afford (the one with the highest star rating). The safest cars are 5 star ANCAP rated and if you’re looking at a new car, please check the safety rating. If you’re buying a used car, enter its registration number at www.rightcar.co.nz(link is external) and check it has a high star rating before you buy it.
“You and your family deserve the safest car you can afford and it makes a huge difference to your survival in a crash.”
Police will be encouraging safe road use throughout Queens Birthday Weekend which officially ends at 6am Tuesday. Police will focus on drink driving, speeding and ensuring that all passengers are buckled into their safety belts and that children are wearing child restraints.