Role of Road Safety Coordinators
Mid & South Canterbury Road Safety (MSCRS) is the name under which the Timaru, Waimate, Mackenzie, and Ashburton District Councils deliver/promote road safety education to the people in this region.
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 number 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.
In December 2019 the NZ Government has started a new road safety strategy 2020-2030 called “Road to Zero” with the following vision:
“A New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes.”
This new strategy is based on seven guiding principles:
- We promote good choices but plan for mistakes;
- We design for human vulnerability;
- We strengthen all parts of the road transport system;
- We have a shared responsibility for improving road safety;
- Our actions are grounded in evidence and evaluated;
- Our road safety actions support health, wellbeing, and liveable places;
- We make safety a critical decision-making priority.