Enough deaths on the highway
Police recently announced 10 hot spot road policing areas across New Zealand. State Highway 1 south of Whanga¯ rei is one, so I asked the Minister for Transport how many deaths had there been in the past 10 years across all of the hot spot areas.
This table shows that Whanga¯ rei to Marsden is the deadliest road in New Zealand across all hotspots with 0.74 deaths per km.
I constructed this table a few weeks ago and, since then, there have been a further two deaths over Labour weekend. I wrote to the Minister last week and he confirmed that the deaths per km for this stretch of road are now 0.82 per km. Do we have to wait until every single km represents another death? Come on Labour government, listen to the mayors, listen to the MPS, listen to the electorate.
Whangarei deserves better than having the deadliest hotspot road in the country — build the four lanes. Enough!