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Monthly road crash statistics update – December 2017

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Source: Ministry of Transport – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Monthly road crash statistics update – December 2017

The data presented here are provisional. Crash data as at 10th January 2018.

  • In the 12 months to the end of December 2017, 379 people died on our roads. This is 52 more than the 12 months to the end of December 2016.
  • During December, 19 of the deaths were car or van drivers, 8 were car or van passengers, 5 were motorcyclists, 4 were pedestrians, 1 was a truck driver and 1 was a cyclist.

  • Twenty-eight of the 38 deaths were in open road crashes. Thirteen were in single vehicle crashes in which a driver lost control of the vehicle or ran off the road, 12 were in head-on collisions, 5 were in intersection collisions, 3 were in overtaking crashes and 5 were in collisions with pedestrians.

  • Nine of the 38 deaths were in collisions involving a truck.

  • Of the 28 vehicle occupants who died, 11 were not restrained at the time of the crash.

Deaths and Police reported injuries by age, sex and type of road user

Deaths are for the 12 months to the end of December 2017. Reported injuries are for the 12 months to the end of July 2017.

Note: Preliminary fatal crash reports are submitted within 24 hours of a crash related death. Full injury crash reports are submitted only after the crash investigations are completed, so there is a lag in the reporting of injury crashes.

Road user type by sex

Sex Drivers Passengers Motorcyclists Pedestrians Cyclists Other Total
Deaths Injuries Deaths Injuries Deaths Injuries Deaths Injuries Deaths Injuries Deaths Injuries Deaths Injuries
Male 148 4232 45 1291 43 1083 27 483 16 536 0 40 279 7665
Female 46 3336 37 1777 2 200 13 415 2 189 0 19 100 5936
Total 194 7568 82 3068 45 1283 40 898 18 725 0 59 379 13601
%male 76% 56% 55% 42% 96% 84% 68% 54% 89% 74% #DIV/0! 68% 74% 56%

Road user type by age group

Age group Drivers Passengers Motorcyclists Pedestrians Cyclists Other Total
Deaths Injuries Deaths Injuries Deaths Injuries Deaths Injuries Deaths Injuries Deaths Injuries Deaths Injuries
Under-15 2 22 7 499 0 16 2 186 2 82 0 25 13 830
15-24 42 2085 26 1128 4 350 6 165 1 120 0 6 79 3854
25-34 40 1636 22 503 12 229 8 114 2 96 0 0 84 2578
35-44 23 1096 3 203 6 176 4 98 1 115 0 3 37 1691
45-54 23 1007 8 236 13 279 6 68 5 142 0 4 55 1736
55-64 23 810 7 173 7 167 1 93 2 90 0 3 40 1336
65-74 18 505 4 132 3 51 5 72 4 45 0 1 34 806
75+ 22 392 5 92 0 7 8 78 1 9 0 17 36 595
Unknown 1 15 0 102 0 8 0 24 0 26 0 0 1 175
Total 194 7568 82 3068 45 1283 40 898 18 725 0 59 379 13601

 Trends

Since 1990 the number of vehicles on the road has increased by 81 percent while Police reported injuries have dropped by 18 percent, road deaths have dropped by 50 percent and the number of days spent in hospital as a result of road crashes has dropped by 53 percent.

Crash outcomes and road user behaviour

 Road crash data

Deaths  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of road deaths 405 393 421 366 384 375 284 308 253 293 319 327 379
Deaths per 10,000 vehicles 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.1 1.2 1.2 0.88 0.95 0.77 0.86 0.91 0.90 0.99
Deaths per 100,000 people 9.9 9.5 10.0 8.6 8.9 8.6 6.4 6.9 5.7 6.5 6.9 7.0 7.9

Note: Road deaths for 2017 are for the 12 months to the end of December 2017.

Injuries  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Reported injuries 14456 15174 16013 15317 14625 14031 12574 12122 11781 11219 12270 12247 13601
Number hospitalised (all discharges) 7210 7680 7440 7570 7590 7360 6780 7070 7150 6940 7310

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Number hospitalised for over 1 day 3198 3396 3404 3244 3042 2909 2707 2794 2886 2716 2902 3063 3172
Number hospitalised for over 3 days 2192 2251 2351 2210 2051 1918 1801 1872 1886 1752 1905 2000 2090

Note: Reported injuries for 2017 are for the 12 months to the end of July 2017. 
          Hospitalisations for 2017 are for the 12 months to the end of July 2017.

Behavioural measures

Speed              2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Rural speed, % over 100 km/h 36% 32% 29% 30% 29% 29% 31% 25% 25% 22% 23% n/a
Rural speed, mean (km/h) 97.1 96.4 96.3 96.6 96.3 96.2 96.5 95.6 95.7 95.3 95.7 n/a
Rural speed, 85th percentile (km/h) 104 103 103 103 103 103 103 102 102 101 101 n/a
Alcohol                         2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of drivers killed with excess alcohol 58 54 65 59 66 68 48 49 38 31 51 50
Percent of drivers killed with excess alcohol 25% 24% 27% 28% 28% 30% 26% 27% 23% 18% 25% 23%
Occupant Restraints 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Seat belts worn by adults, front 95% 95% 95% 95% 95% 96% 96% 96% n/a 97% n/a 97%
Seat belts worn by adults, rear 86% 89% 87% 87% 87% 88% 90% n/a n/a 92% n/a n/a
Child restraints used, 0-4 years 89% 91% 91% 90% 91% 93% n/a 92% n/a  93% n/a 93% 
Cycle helmets        2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Cycle helmets worn, weekday 91% 94% 92% 92% 92% 93% 93% 92% n/a n/a 94% n/a

 Factors contributing to crashes – ranked by social cost*

Notes:

Crash data for the 12 months to the end of July 2017.
Since there can be several contributing factors for a single crash the figures represented in this graph add to more than 100%.

Alcohol data is not comparable to earlier years due to changes in the crash reporting process.

* Social cost calculations include loss of life or life quality, loss of output due to injuries, medical and rehabilitation costs, legal and court costs and property damage.

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