Fewer killed on Marlborough roads
Five people were killed on Marlborough roads this year, says the Transport Ministry.
The five people killed were:
A 54-year-old Kekerengu man, Ian Walls, who died in March after his vehicle crashed on State Highway 1, near Ward.
A 56-year-old South African man, Leslie Gavin Brown, who died after a head-on collision on SH6 near Havelock in June.
A 58-year-old Canvastown man, Warren Wilson, who died when the car he was a passenger in crashed into a bank near Havelock in October.
A 28-year-old German man, Onur Gulmez, and 26-year-old French man, Paul Joubert, who were killed this month after a head-on collision on SH6 near Pelorus Bridge.
Last year, six people died on Marlborough roads, two less than in 2010.
The number of crashes in the region has fallen to 273, down from 323 last year and 354 in 2010.
In the Kaikoura region, 39 crashes were recorded this year, down from 45 last year and 60 in 2010. No-one died on the roads.
A Ministry of Transport report on Motor Vehicle Crashes in New Zealand 2011 and the social cost of those crashes was released last week.
The crash report collates details of all crashes causing injuries in the country, drawn from police reports. The social cost refers to loss of life, disability, medical and legal fees, and vehicle damage.
The social cost of road crashes in the Marlborough region, including Kaikoura, was more than $58 million, down from $74.1m in 2010 and $74.5m in 2009.
The total annual social cost in New Zealand fell by 14 per cent between 2010 and 2011 to $3.14 billion last year, largely due to a 24 per cent drop in the number of fatalities.
The number of deaths on the roads in 2011 was the lowest rate in 60 years, with 284 deaths and 12,574 people injured.
Alcohol and drugs were contributing factors in 30 per cent of fatal crashes, while driving too fast for the conditions contributed to 29 per cent.
Young people aged 20 to 24 had the highest percentage of road deaths, followed by 15 to 19-year-olds.
While the number of deaths was down in 2011, more people have already died on New Zealand roads this year.
As of December 18, 304 crashes resulted in death, 21 more than the 2011 road toll.
The Marlborough Express