EVERY LIFE LOST ON THE ROAD IS
ONE TOO MANY
The number of deaths and serious injuries on Southland and Otago roads is rising. This is a frustrating reality for emergency responders. Seeing the pain and loss that each road death and serious injury has on individuals and communities, they felt the need to do something about it.
Southern emergency responders have taken a stand against road death and publicly declared that any loss of life on our roads is one death too many. This call has captured the enthusiasm of Southern communities, and support is quickly growing.
Emergency responders believe Otago and Southland roads can be free of death and serious injury if we start working together. The change needs to come from the community because it is our people, our families, friends and neighbours who are affected.
This community groundswell has sparked Any number is too many, aimed at fostering community-based conversations about road risk. Any number is too many is launching with the support of the Southern Road Safety Influencing Group.
Senior Constable Whitmore talks about a particularly poignant road crash she attended, the memory of which has stayed with her to this day.
Katrina Andrew is a paramedic and shift manager for St John in Invercargill. She’s been on the road serving her community for almost 14 years.
One of the hardest parts of the job for paramedic Pauline is the fact that she lives and works in a tight-knit community, meaning she often knows the people she’s helping.