Safer driving at night
Night driving in Gisborne should improve this week, as a big programme of safety work moves into its second year.
As part of Gisborne District Council's rural delineation safety programme about 2800 safety edge markers and raised pavement markers (cat's eyes) will be installed on hundreds of kilometres of rural roads.
“Over 1700 reflective edge marker posts will be installed along Wharekopae and Te Wera roads to improve road safety at night,” GDC said in a statement.
“Over 1100 raised pavement markers will be installed in various locations around our district.
“The rural delineation safety programme moves into its second year with approximately 8000 markers installed across our region in 2019. This was following an analysis of our rural roads that showed a requirement for an improvement to night time visibility.
“Edge marker posts – the short white flexible posts with reflectors on top, and raised pavement markers have been shown to reduce accidents by up to 18 percent.
“Night time vehicle crashes can result in injuries or loss of life, particularly in high speed rural areas. Reducing night time crashes remains a focus for the council.”
Property owners are asked to be careful not to damage the edge marker posts installed on verges.
The project is funded by the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) minor improvements fund.
The project follows a safety audit, which last year identified that rural delineation across the district needed to be improved.
Studies were conducted to identify key locations for installation, which resulted in a list of roads for treatment.