About us

Who are we?

South Canterbury Road Safety is the name under which the Timaru-, Waimate-, and Mackenzie District Councils support road safety for the whole district.

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Role of the Road Safety Coordinator

South Canterbury Road Safety ( SCRS ) is tasked with promoting and educating the community regarding road safety. It is our aim to reduce the amount of incidences of road trauma and crashes throughout South Canterbury. We work closely with other road safety partners to achieve this goal.

This work is carried out by the South Canterbury Road Safety Coordinator (RSC) . The primary responsibility of this position is to coordinate the efforts of key road safety organisations and community groups throughout the District. There is no charge for this service.

The role of the RSC has evolved rapidly over the past decade. Coordinators now have an integral role in reducing road trauma in New Zealand and are appointed to coordinate , facilitate and manage local efforts to reduce identified road safety issues in their areas.

Community involvement is an essential component in achieving our road safety targets.

Our Vision

The vision of SCRS is called "Vision Zero" - "There will be no injury crashes on South Canterbury roads"

We believe that unless you work towards a zero target, you will have to answer the following question:

"Who are we willing to sacrifice in order to reach our target of x ?"

In 2009 the Government has started a new road safety strategy called " Safer Journeys 2020 " with the following vision:

"A safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury".

This new strategy is based on a Safe Systems approach. This means that we have to acknowledge that:

  1. People make mistakes and crashes are inevitable
  2. The human body has limitations on what forces it can withstand in a crash
  3. The responsibility must be shared to manage crashes that it does not result in death or serious injury


Performance is measure by numbers per 100,000 population. (Fatalities ÷ population) x 100,000

The 2014 National rate was 6.5 deaths per 100,000 population.

For South Canterbury the 2014 death rate was 12.58 - Double the National level!

For injuries the national rate for 2014 was 249 per 100,000 population. South Canterbury was 241.

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