Record low road toll last month

Last updated 13:00 08/02/2013

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Police are hailing a record low road toll for January, but are appealing to motorists to maintain good driving behaviour through the year.

Eighteen people died on New Zealand roads last month, 17 fewer road deaths than a year ago. It was the lowest January toll and the fourth-lowest monthly toll since records began in 1965.

The Nelson Bays police area recorded one road fatality last month, when a touring motorcyclist collided with a truck near Rai Valley on January 9.

"While 18 deaths for January is still 18 too many - it is encouraging to see the numbers moving in the right direction, and more road users doing the right thing," acting national road policing manager inspector Pete McKennie said.

He urged motorists to "keep up the good effort and maintain our focus behind the wheel if we are to bring that number down further".

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