Safe stopping demonstrations

How long does it really take for a car to stop?

Mapua School stopping demonstration 2017

Stopping distance demonstrations are held every two years around the district.

The demonstrations are a road safety campaign to show how long it takes for a car to stop when travelling at different speeds.

2019 demonstrations

Demonstrations are being held for Tasman District and Nelson City schools in March 2019.

Tasman demonstration times and dates:

  • Monday 11 March, 9.10 - 2.50pm -  Grey Street, Motueka
  • Tuesday 12 March, 9.10am - 2.50pm - Wadsworth Street, Takaka 
  • Wednesday 13 March, 9.10am - 11.50am  - Starveall Street, Brightwater
  • Wednesday 13  March, 1.10pm - 2.50pm - Aniseed valley Road, Hope
  • Thursday 14 March, 9.10 - 11.50am - Church Street, Richmond
  • Thursday 14 March, 1.10pm - 2.50pm - School Road, Lower Moutere
  • Friday 15 March, 9.10am - 11.50am - Goddard Road Tasman 
  • Friday 15 March, 1.10pm - 2.50pm - Greenhill Road, Ngatimoti

Watch a demonstration

The following video is from stopping distance demonstrations held in at Murchison Area School and Tapawera Area School.

A trained driver shows the distance it takes to stop at various speeds.
The key messages are:

  • Speed is a contributing factor in 20% of all fatal and serious injury crashes on New Zealand roads.
  • Each year, around 80 people are killed and 400 are seriously injured in speed-related crashes in New Zealand.
  • At speed, there is less opportunity for a driver to react to a mistake and recover.
  • We usually get to learn from our mistakes; but not when driving - the road is an exception. Even the smallest of mistakes on the road can cost us our life, or someone else's.

Stopping demonstration

Want to arrange a demonstration?

For further information on these demonstrations contact the Road Safety Officer

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