Num­ber of deaths on road low­est on record

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring -

The AA hopes last year’s road toll is the start of a new era for New Zealand road safety.

The 2011 road toll was 280, as of De­cem­ber 30. While this is still a tragic loss of life, it is the low­est level of fa­tal­i­ties in New Zealand since 1952 when records be­gan.

In 2010 there

were

375 peo­ple killed on our roads, 278 had died by the end of Septem­ber alone, so a drop of nearly 100 deaths in a year is a truly amaz­ing re­sult.

To il­lus­trate just how re­mark­able a re­duc­tion this is, New Zealand’s road toll for 2011 was less than the road toll of 287 in the Aus­tralian state of Vic­to­ria, which is re­garded as a road safety leader in Aus­trala­sia.

The mas­sive drop in our road toll has been across the board. There have been sub­stan­tially fewer deaths for driv­ers, pas­sen­gers and mo­tor­cy­clists, and across ev­ery age group ex­cept 40-59 year olds. Al­most ev­ery month of the year had seen fewer deaths than its equiv­a­lent in 2010 .

‘‘This has been an un­prece­dented and wa­ter­shed year for road safety in New Zealand,’’ said AA Mo­tor­ing Af­fairs gen­eral man­ager Mike Noon.

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