Three people have died on the streets of New Zealand this holiday period. Photo / Daniel Hines
Three people have died on New Zealand’s streets since Labor weekend began, topping last year’s toll over the entire holiday period.
One person died after an accident near Gisborne last night on Whatatutu Rd, Te Karaka, at around 2am.
And a motorcyclist died after a serious accident around 5 pm on Main Rd North (State Highway 2), Timberlea, Upper Hutt, yesterday.
Police also revealed that one person died after the collision of two cars on Tekapo-Twizel Rd (SH8) about 3 km west of the city of Danau Tekapo.
Three people in the second car were transported to hospital with minor injuries. The accident happened at around 9am.
Roads are blocked and motorists must anticipate long delays. An alternative route is via Waimate to Kurow. The police did not know the injury status of those involved.
One person, a motorcyclist, died during last year’s Labor Day weekend, according to Transportation Ministry data.
The weekend period starts at 4pm yesterday and lasts until 6am on Tuesdays.
Police said investigations were underway regarding the Te Karaka and Timberlea accidents.
New Zealand Acting Police Superintendent Gini Welch said buckling your seat belts and driving at a safe speed are two “must do” things for safe holiday travel.
“This is our first long weekend since June, and with travel restricted to our own backyard, there will be more traffic on our roads. More traffic means more risk, only with sheer volume.
“You’re on vacation; there’s no need to rush.”
Toll road this year
The number of toll roads during the year between January 1 and October 22 was 251, lower than last year’s 271 deaths in the same period.
A total of 121 drivers have died, more than any other type of road user this year.
The number of men who have died far exceeds the number of women who have died on our roads – 183 to 68.
The 60+ age group had the most deaths overall at 71.
During Labor weekend 2018, there were four fatal accidents and 130 injury accidents reported, resulting in five deaths, 33 serious injuries and 155 minor injuries.
The five victims who died were two drivers, two passengers and a motorbike rider.
“More than half [53 per cent] of the accident occurred on an urban road, “the ministry’s website said of the 2018 crash.
“Forty percent of accidents were one-vehicle accidents in which the driver lost control or ran off the road, 28 percent were intersections, 10 percent occurred in the back or collision with a barrier collision, and 5 percent were head-on collisions.”
“The most frequently cited causal factors during Labor weekend were poor position on the road (28 percent), loss of control (22 percent), traveling too fast for certain conditions (21 percent), failing to make way or stopping (20 percent). , and alcohol and drugs (14 percent). “
There was no record of injuries as of Labor weekend 2019.