Against the national trend – “target for record low road toll”

With three days to go in the year this is premature, but barring end of year tragedy the Otago road toll is on target to be a modern low, bucking the national trend.

ODT:  On target for record low road toll

The number of deaths on Otago roads this year are on track to be the lowest recorded, as southern police increase their focus on notorious crash corridors.

Nine people have died on Otago roads in the year to December 27, compared with an average of 18 over the corresponding period in each of the previous four years.

The lowest annual road toll recorded in Otago was 11, in 2009, compared with a high of 43 in 1988.

That’s a huge change in three decades, and half the last four year average.

Nationally, 372 people have died on the roads this year, making 2018 the second deadliest year since 2010.

Otago coastal road policing team leader Senior Sergeant Jared Kirk, who began in the role in March, said a greater emphasis on deploying staff to the most lethal roads was a major driver of this year’s low toll, together with road safety improvements made by the NZ Transport Agency.

The majority of fatal crashes in his area happened on State Highway 1 north of Dunedin to Oamaru and south to Balclutha.

One significant aspect of this is that the toll is heavier well away from the increasingly heavy tourist traffic areas of Central Otago including Queenstown and Wanaka.

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9 Comments

  1. kluelis

     /  December 29, 2018

    I would be quite happy if the speed limit for
    vehicles in town was reduced to 30 kph
    while on the open road 60 kph is plenty.

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    • Duker

       /  December 29, 2018

      Laughable . Too silly for words.

      Reply
      • Griff.

         /  December 29, 2018

        DNFTT.
        It is 100% about the reaction.

        In Internet slang, a troll is a person who starts quarrels or upsets people on the Internet to distract and sow discord by posting inflammatory and digressive,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses[2] and normalizing tangential discussion,[3] whether for the troll’s amusement or a specific gain.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  December 29, 2018

          Tangents can be fun, but the rest isn’t.

          It’s at best tiresome. I wonder if the arch-troll Katie Hopkins who mocked the appearance of a woman with cancer is still around.

          Reply
  2. Reinvented

     /  December 29, 2018

    The numbers are too small to be useful for anything to do with stats or trends.

    Reply
    • Duker

       /  December 29, 2018

      Incorrect. hes only looking at Otago . Previous lowest was 11 and highest was 43. With road tolls you normally want a downward trend , which is the effect of polocies about drink driving, keeping within speed limits and the general effect of improved vehicle safety and improving accident bad spots – usually wrongly attributed to road, when its some drivers making bad decisions not the road. After all 99.9% of the drivers in a bad spot make the right decision

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  3. Duker

     /  December 29, 2018

    Otago not too different to Southland. Yet some national leaning apologists have blamed the rising road toll on ‘bloody tourists’ – yes they can crash anywhere , but the lower south island was thought to be a problem with its empty but winding roads and fantastic scenery.
    The top half of the North island is where the road toll has taken off.
    Cutting back the road policing had its effect , by around 100 officers, by the last government – who choked off funding, including reducing the money from LTNZ to the police done by Simple Soimun.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 29, 2018

      Old joke about the name Simon, very unoriginal, only used by those who haven’t the wit to think of anything new. That one has literally been around for centuries.

      Reply
    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 29, 2018

      It’s also untrue that National cut funding; one budget had $1.5 billion allocated, the most ever.

      Reply

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