Keep toll down

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Fewer peo­ple are dy­ing on Welling­ton roads and Fran Wilde wants to keep to keep it that way.

‘‘The sad re­al­ity is that nine peo­ple died in road crashes in the Welling­ton re­gion last year. How­ever, it was the sec­ond low­est toll of all re­gions [ the West Coast recorded seven deaths] for 2010,’’ said the chair­woman of the Re­gional Trans­port Com­mit­tee. ‘‘It’s cer­tainly our low­est toll since 1980 and could well be our low­est on record.’’

For New Zealand as a whole, the 1981-85 av­er­age was about 680 deaths and the 2006-10 av­er­age was about 387. That’s a re­duc­tion of 43 per cent, com­pared to a 62 per cent de­crease for the Welling­ton re­gion over the same pe­riod.

Ms Wilde says there are many rea­sons for the re­duc­tion.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously we have bet­ter roads than we did 20 or 30 years ago, acci- dent and emer­gency care and tech­nol­ogy has im­proved and most of us are driv­ing bet­ter en­gi­neered cars.

‘‘ How­ever, in the Welling­ton re­gion a very sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor seems to be the re­duced speed lim­its in many dan­ger spots in­clud­ing Cen­ten­nial High­way north of Pukerua Bay, parts of Akatarawa Rd, Lambton Quay and part of Grays Rd near Pau­ata­hanui.’’

She also com­mended the com­bined work of all the agen­cies in­volved in road safety plan­ning in the re­gion.

‘‘We still have a lot of work to do to re­duce the num­ber of crashes oc­cur­ring in the first place. If you are on the road – driv­ing, rid­ing or walk­ing – you have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to your­self and oth­ers to travel as safely as you can.

‘‘This means no drink­ing and driv­ing, no driv­ing when you’re tired, and trav­el­ling at safe speeds.’’

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