Crash injury figures down
Thirteen people lost their lives on southern roads in 2011 but the number of crashes overall has fallen, a Ministry of Transport report shows.
The Motor Vehicle Crashes in New Zealand 2011 report was published yesterday. The report collates details of all crashes causing injuries in the country, drawn from police reports.
There were 481 crashes causing injury or death across the region in 2011, down from 624 in 2010, 714 in 2009 and 647 in 2008.
Across the Invercargill City, Southland, Gore, Clutha, Central Otago and Queenstown-Lakes Districts there were 11 fatal crashes causing 13 deaths, and 470 crashes causing 669 non-fatal injuries in 2011.
Southland District, with 136 injury crashes and five fatal crashes, had the highest figures for the region. In Invercargill City there were 101 injury crashes and one fatal crash.
The Clutha and Southland Districts both had 72 road casualties per 10,000 population, the highest ratio in the region and joint second-highest in the country, behind Mackenzie District, which had 106 casualties per 10,000 people.
Nationally, there were 6.4 deaths per 100,000 people on roads and 285 injuries per 100,000 people. There was a 24 per cent drop in the national road toll, down from 375 in 2010 to 284.
Meanwhile, seven people died after car crashes in South Waikato yesterday. Two Indian tourists died in a crash near Tokoroa around 1pm, while the bodies of a family of five were discovered 30km away. The family was last seen on Sunday night.
The Southland Times