New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan

2013 road toll lowest since 1950

The provisional road toll for 2013 of 254 was the lowest since 1950 when the annual road toll was 232. The 2013 figure of 254 compares with 308 in 2012, 284 in 2011, and 375 in 2010, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Transport.

The announcement also says that the road toll has more than halved from 20 years ago when 600 people died on the roads in 1993, and has dropped 69 percent compared to New Zealand’s worst year for road deaths, 1973, when 843 road deaths were recorded.

The New Zealand Government in 2010 launched Safer Journeys, a long-term strategy to 2020 to improve road safety, and has introduced a number of road safety measures such as increasing the driving age from 15 to 16, introducing a zero blood alcohol level for drivers under 20, and strengthening driving licence testing.

Announcement by the Ministry of Transport:

Annual road toll since 1921:

Safer Journeys:

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