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Update: 17 People Killed Over Xmas-New Year Period


Update: 17 People Killed Over Xmas-New Year Holiday Period

UPDATE 10:10 am: A male Japanese tourist who was seriously injured in a vehicle crash at Mt Cook National Park yesterday has died overnight. This now takes the holiday road toll to 17.

EARLIER: Provisional figures show 16 people were killed in 14 crashes over the 2007/08 Christmas-New Year holiday road toll period. This compares to nine people killed on the roads in the 2006/07 holiday period and 22 people killed over the same period in 2005/06.

The 2007/08 holiday period officially began at 4pm on Monday 24 December and ended at 6am today, 3 January.

Fourteen of the 16 deaths occurred on the open road. The deaths included six drivers, four passengers, two motorcyclists, two pedestrians, a tractor driver and a horse rider.

Provisional crash reports indicate speed and alcohol were major contributing factors in 10 of the 16 deaths.

Of the ten vehicle occupants killed, two were not restrained at the time of the crash.

Historical

Year Deaths Injuries  
1980 / 81 32 481  
1981 / 82 35 602  
1982 / 83 18 473  
1983 / 84 17 523  
1984 / 85 13 439  
1985 / 86 25 532  
1986 / 87 31 554  
1987 / 88 22 544  
The lowest Xmas holiday period road toll on record occurred during 1959/60 when 8 deaths were recorded. 9 deaths were recorded in 1966/67. The earliest year for which records for holiday periods are available is 1956/57.
1988 / 89 16 594
1989 / 90 19 596
1990 / 91 18 487
1991 / 92 17 537
1992 / 93 29 528
1993 / 94 17 372
1994 / 95 19 542
1995 / 96 26 598
1996 / 97 14 432
1997 / 98 26 387
1998 / 99 24 391  
1999 / 00 17 398  
2000 / 01 20 409  
2001 / 02 21 417  
2002 / 03 17 323  
2003 / 04 13 408  
2004 / 05 11 513  
2005 / 06 22 488  
2006 / 07 9 442  
2007 / 08 17 -  

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