Road Toll Stats
The official holiday road toll period finished this morning with 13 people dead on the roads over the Christmas period.
Of the 13 dead, there were:
- 10 men and 3 women
- 5 drivers
- 2 motocycle riders
- 5 passengers
- 1 pedestrian
- 6 in the 15-24 age group.
- 6 of the crashes had suspected alcohol as a factor (54%)
- 7 of the crashes had speed as a factor (63%)
- 2 of the crashes, driver inatttention suspected
- 9 of the 11 dead were killed on open roads where the speed limit is 100km/hr
Overnight there have been two further deaths, a 15 year driver who was fleeing from police died on Auckland’s southern motorway. The pursuit had been abandoned at the time of the crash. The other fatality was of a 19 year old who was a passenger in a campervan which went off a cliff face in a campsite north of Auckland.
This is the third lowest holiday road toll since 1980. In 2006/2007, 9 people were killed, a record low, and in 2004/2005 there were 11 people killed. Last year 13 people also died on the roads. The highest toll was in 2008/2009 when 25 people lost their lives in the holiday period.