Road Death Toll Increases

These are the monthly figures for deaths on New Zealand’s roads, there have been 21 deaths so far in July.

Total deaths on New Zealand’s Roads in 2009
24 Apr – 132
20 May – 173
22 Jun – 203
20 Jul – 235

Totals by month
Jan – 34
Feb – 36
Mar – 36
Apr – 45
May – 38
Jun -25
Jul – 21

Total deaths for the 12 months to 22 June – 391, total population – 4,311,000. For further information please see LTNZ road death statistics

NZ Second Worst Place in World for Road Deaths
Statistics gathered by the site place New Zealand as the second highest country in the world for deaths resulting from car occupant collision with car, pick-up truck or van (per capita) with 35.6877 deaths per million people. Way ahead of the USA which is ranked 15, Australia 17 and UK 37.

Figures for injuries are only available for 2008 – 15,174

NZ road death rate twice as bad as the UK’s:

Road travel
“Whilst road conditions are generally good in New Zealand, it takes a little while to get used to local driving conditions.

In 2007 there were 422 road deaths in New Zealand (source:DfT). This equates to 10.0 road deaths per 100,000 of population and compares to the UK average of 5.0 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2007.

You are advised to read a copy of the Road Code (the official guide to traffic rules and traffic safety) before driving. Particular attention should be given to the section covering the right of way rules, which are different from other countries. UK driving licences are valid for use for a maximum of 12 months.”

See also
New Zealand’s dangerous roads
NZ’s roads described as ‘killing fields’ after 14 fatalities over ANZAC weekend