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The Safety Boost Programme makes regional state highways safer through a range of low-cost safety improvements.

Work on the first phase of Boost improvements began in February 2018. The programme upgraded 30 regional state highways in Northland, Taranaki, Manawatu-Wanganui, Otago and Southland with rumble strips and better signs. Safety barriers were added on high-risk sections.

The first phase of Boost improvements is also installing intersection speed zones (also known as rural intersection activated warning signs or RIAWS) at ten high-risk intersections on state highways in Northland, Waikato, Canterbury and Central Otago.

Read more about intersection speed zones.

Extension of the Safety Boost Programme

In January 2019, the Associate Transport Minister announced an extension to the Safety Boost Programme to eleven more regional state highways across Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, Manawatū-Whanganui and the West Coast.

Safety improvements may include widening road shoulders and installing roadside safety barriers in high-risk locations, putting in rumble strips along the side and centre of the road, and improving signage.

While traffic volumes are lower on these roads, the risks for people travelling on them are real and many deaths and serious injuries can be avoided by making some relatively simple, but effective, improvements. For example, rumble strips can reduce all crashes by around 25 percent and fatal run-off-road crashes by up to 42 percent.

The Safety Boost Programme is part of the Safe Network Programme – a collaborative, prioritised programme of proven safety improvements on high risk routes across New Zealand.

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