Number of deaths on road lowest on record
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
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.