LAST month's road toll equalled the lowest figure recorded for any month since records began in 1965, the Land Transport
Safety Authority said today.
The 29 deaths on New Zealand roads this January is also the lowest ever figure for the month – surpassing the previous
low of 31 deaths in January 1996.
Director of Land Transport Safety Reg Barrett said the lower road toll was a welcome improvement over last year, when 54
people died in January.
“It appears that drivers are heeding some of the key road safety messages put out over the summer period. We have been
telling motorists that they must take responsibility for themselves and others on the road and adopt safe driving
“The challenge now is to avoid any complacency. Twenty-nine deaths still represents far too many tragedies and wasted
"If people can remember to keep their speed down, wear their seatbelts and stay off the roads when they're drinking,
then there will be further improvements ahead.”