Less crash in­juries

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The Welling­ton re­gion’s road safety record is climb­ing back grad­u­ally from the ap­palling statis­tics of 2007, but there is still a lot of work to do, says re­gional coun­cil chair Fran Wilde.

The lat­est trans­port mon­i­tor­ing re­port, which can be down­loaded at gw.govt.nz/amr, tracks how well the re­gion is pro­gress­ing against the Re­gional Land Trans­port Strat­egy.

The strat­egy sets tar­gets and out­comes for pub­lic trans­port, walk­ing and cy­cling, road net­work ef­fi­ciency, road safety, land use and trans­port in­te­gra­tion and freight ef­fi­ciency.

In 2008, the num­ber of crashes re­sult­ing in in­juries fell from 1212 to 1193 and in 2009 they fell by 15 per cent to 1016.

Ms Wilde said it’s en­cour­ag­ing that the num­ber of in­jury crashes, which in­creased an­nu­ally from 2001 to 2007, have started to come down.

‘‘Hope­fully the new re­gional road safety plan, which came into ef­fect last Au­gust, will help that trend to con­tinue.

‘‘ How­ever, young adults, mo­tor­cy­clists and cy­clists are still at high risk of be­ing in­volved in a crash, with speed­ing and al­co­hol con­tin­u­ing to be the most prom­i­nent causes of crashes re­sult­ing in in­juries,’’ she said.

The re­port also finds that more peo­ple in the Welling­ton re­gion are opt­ing to walk or cy­cle in­stead of tak­ing their car for shorter trips of one or two kilo­me­tres.

The 23.6 mil­lion bus trips taken dur­ing 2009/10 were about 1 per cent more than the pre­vi­ous year and is the first pa­tron­age in­crease since 2006, but train trips were down 6 per cent in the 2008/09 year.

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