Useful resources for schools and students.

Resources for students

The ripple effect

This video outlines the impact a crash has on a family and the wider community.

Everybody hurts

Check out this montage of 20 years of road safety advertising campaigns in Australia.

The montage features iconic scenes and images from commercials that have helped change they way we drive, all edited to the moving song Everybody Hurts by REM.

Get the message

Distractions while driving include any activities a person engages in that has the potential to distract them from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.

Drive phone free while driving. No call is that important.

Crashes at various speeds

The likelihood of being involved in a serious injury crash rises significantly with even minor changes in speed.

Research has shown that the risk of a serious injury crash doubles with just a 5km/h speed increase on 60km/h urban roads or with a 10km/h increase on highways.

Alcohol and drugs

Alcohol and drugs seriously affect your driving by slowing your reaction times and affecting your senses and judgment.

Alcohol is the second biggest contributing factor to road crashes in New Zealand.

Being a responsible driver means never driving when you're over the permitted blood alcohol level or when you've consumed drugs that might impair your judgement.

Drivers under the age of 20 are to have zero alcohol in their systems when driving and prohibited from driving while on drugs.

Find out more about the effect alcohol and drugs have on your ability to drive.(external link)


Resources for schools

Driver distractions

Distracted driving includes a range of activities where attention is directed away from safe driving, towards competing events, objects or people, both inside or outside the vehicle. 

Police education resources for years 9 to 13

The Road Safe series or resources includes learning activities across all year levels of New Zealand school. 

The aim of the Road Safe resources is to ensure that students develop the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes to keep themselves and others safe on or near the road. 

The resources can be downloaded from the Police's School Portal(external link)

NZ curriculum online

The NZ curriculum online provides four case study examples of road safety ideas and action to add relevance and depth to learning areas.

These case studies illustrate how schools have explored road safety aligned with the New Zealand curriculum and are intended for secondary students, years 9 and 10 (junior secondary school).

Further information.(external link)

Students Against Dangerous Driving (SADD)

SADD(external link) groups nationally have the opportunity to create their very own student manifesto to effectively tackle attitudes and behaviours around drinking. Developed in consultation with secondary school students, the manifesto campaign provides a chance for young people to show they are part of the solution in reducing the rates of alcohol related harm amongst their peer groups.

SADD(external link) groups work within their schools to develop a manifesto (a positive statement of intent) that is designed to support healthier attitudes and behaviours amongst their friends and peers.  They then launch the campaign to the whole school community, encouraging the entire student body to ‘sign on’ to the positive movement their manifesto stands for.

SADD(external link) believe it is a great campaign for engaging the entire school community.  It is also an initiative that can be expanded upon beyond the school gates, by engaging community partners in what the students are doing, or by showcasing the manifesto to the wider community.

Standard drink calculations

One standard drink of any alcoholic beverage contains 10 grams of pure alcohol.

But beware that many of the drinks available for purchase over the bar may contain more than one standard drink.

Most alcoholic drinks these days have the number of standard drinks on the label.