In December 2019 the NZ Government has started a new road safety strategy 2020-2030 called "Road to Zero" with the following vision:"a New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured in road crashes." Link here
This new strategy is based on seven guiding principals:
01 We promote good choices but plan for mistakes
02 We design for human vulnerability
03 We strengthen all parts of the road transport system
04 We have a shared responsibility for improving road safety
05 Our actions are grounded in evidence and evaluated
06 Our road safety actions support health, wellbeing andliveable places
07 We make safety a critical decision-making priority.
Crash trends are measured by numbers per 100,000 population. (Fatalities ÷ population) x 100,000 or fatalities per 100 million kilometers traveled
The 2017 National rate was 7.88 deaths per 100,000 population.
(2017 MoT report not published yet)
For Mid Canterbury the 2017 death rate was 8.8
For South Canterbury the 2017 death rate was 25.17 - more than three times the National level!
For serious injuries the national rate for 2017 was 59 per 100,000 population. For South Canterbury it was 85.6 and for Mid Canterbury it was 49.9.
For more detailed information click here