News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


November road toll lowest for 30 years

LTSA online
The 35 deaths on New Zealand roads over the past month have contributed to the lowest November toll since 1970, the Land Transport Safety Authority said today.

The lowest ever November road toll – 34 deaths – was achieved in 1970. Last November 43 people were killed on New Zealand roads.

Director of Land Transport Safety Reg Barrett said it was encouraging to see the November toll coming down, but he cautioned that the level of trauma on our roads was still unacceptable.

“Thirty-five people died needlessly last month, and 410 people have been killed in road crashes so far this year. We continue to witness a horrendous level of tragedy and waste of life on our roads.”

Mr Barrett said there was no room for complacency heading into summer.

“The average December road toll over the past five years is 54 deaths, while in 1977 the December toll peaked at 84. School holidays and Christmas festivities combine for a potentially lethal mix. The simple message for a safe summer is to take extra care on the road.

“If you are going on holiday do a thorough safety check of your vehicle, allow yourself plenty of time to get to your destination, ensure everyone in the car is buckled up and never ever drive if you have been drinking,” Mr Barrett said.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi.

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


CDF Tim Keating: NZ Somme Centenary

"Our generals also knew what to expect, and they built that knowledge into their planning. Each of the four set-piece attacks was fought with a single brigade, with the expectation that the brigade would be used up. A fresh brigade would then be brought up to conduct the next set-piece..." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news