“so that marrying doesn’t rhyme with mourning”
Road safety is a complicated subject in New Caledonia.
Commonplace dangerous behaviour on the roads, feelings of injustice and even impunity, “the problem is the others …”, every Road Safety plan has attempted to provide answers. However the overwhelming sentiment is that it is urgent to move on to another higher level.
Road safety began in 2000 in New Caledonia. When the Government called on STRATEGIC in 2019 to carry out the Road Safety Plan, two questions presented themselves:
• Shared results ?
• How do other comparable countries deal successfully with this problem ?
1st observation: the road safety community is divided
2nd observation: there are no shared results nor unified statistics
We have assembled previously scattered data (accidents, injuries, deaths). We then included in the graphs the different measures taken over the last 19 years.
3rd observation: accidents involving injuries to persons have dropped significantly over 19 years but the number of deaths has not changed.
STRATEGIC proposed to the New Caledonian Government a different method:
While initially very divided, the road safety community came together and unanimously adopted a common aim, general principles and a coordination structure.