Road toll zero for long weekend

03:48, Jun 07 2011

For the first time in more than 50 years there have been no fatal accidents on the roads this Queen's Birthday holiday weekend.

The weekend started at 4pm on Friday and ended at 6am Tuesday.

Before this weekend the lowest road toll for Queen's Brithday was one death in 1956.

Police roading national manager Superintendent Paula Rose yesterday told NZPA a large police presence and a reduced speed tolerance of 4kmh were partially responsible for the zero road toll but she also credited improved driver behaviour.

``The overwhelming majority of road users have been really great.''

She said the zero road toll this weekend was indicative of a wider trend of fewer deaths on the road.

``We have had either a record-breaking or record-equalling low road toll every month since October last year, with the exception of April.''

The overall road toll for the year stands at 120 compared to 184 at the same time last year, according to the New Zealand Transport Agency website.

If the trend continued the overall road toll would be the lowest on record by a ``significant'' margin, Ms Rose said.

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