Story: Cars and the motor industry

White-cross speedometer billboard

White-cross speedometer billboard

Since 1995 billboards have appeared on New Zealand's roadsides with road safety messages. This one – a featuring a white cross on a speedometer – makes the link between speeding and higher risk of fatality in the event of a crash. These hard-hitting billboards, along with graphic television clips and newspaper and magazine advertisements, are part of an ongoing road safety advertising campaign. They are based on the Australian state of  Victoria's success in reducing its road toll using these methods in the early 1990s. This campaign, together with police enforcement, has saved hundreds of lives.

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Eric Pawson, 'Cars and the motor industry - Licensing, safety and limits', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 September 2023)

Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Dec 2014