About Us

Who are we?

Mid & South Canterbury Road Safety is the name under which the Timaru-, Waimate-, Mackenzie-, and Ashburton District Councils deliver road safety to the people in the Mid & South Canterbury Region.

Role of Road Safety Coordinators

Mid & South Canterbury Road Safety ( MSCRS ) is tasked with promoting road safety and educating the community on safer road use. It is our aim to reduce the amount of incidences of road trauma and crashes throughout Mid & South Canterbury. We work closely with other road safety partners, like Police, Engineers, MoT, AA, and ACC to achieve this goal.

This work is carried out by the Mid & South Canterbury Road Safety Coordinators (RSCs) . 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 RSCs 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 MSCRS is called "Vision Zero" - "There will be no injury crashes on Mid & 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 ?"

The World Health Organisation (WHO) started the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2010-2020 in 2010.
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 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 trends

Performance trends are measured by numbers per 100,000 population. (Fatalities ÷ population) x 100,000

The 2017 National rate was 7.88 deaths per 100,000 population.(2017 report not released yet)

For Mid Canterbury the 2017 death rate was 8.8
For South Canterbury the 2017 death rate was 25.17 - more than three times the National level!

For serious injuries the national rate for 2017 was 59 per 100,000 population. For South Canterbury it was 85.6 and for Mid Canterbury it was 49.9.