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2020 road deaths were down compared to 2019 according to New Zealand Police and the Ministry of Transport.
National Road Policing Manager Acting Superintendent Gini Welch says it is still too many deaths.
“There is nothing new in the circumstances of these crash deaths. Many have inattention, speed, and alcohol as contributing factors. It’s incredibly sad, and also frustrating.”
Ministry of Transport figures show 320 deaths in the year 2020, which is down by 32 comparing 2019 figures of 352.
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Deaths during the Christmas and New Year holiday doubled last years.
Four people lost their lives during the holiday period of last year and nine so far this year (2021) — the holiday period ends on January 5 at 6 am.
“Police work hard every day to help prevent death and serious injury on our roads, but we can’t do it alone,” Acting Superintendent Welch says.
“We need everyone in New Zealand to make a simple New Year’s Resolution – help prevent further fatalities on our roads. You can do that by putting away your phone, ensuring you drive free from alcohol, drugs and fatigue, wear your seatbelt, and drive to the conditions within speed limits.”