The data presented here are provisional. Crash data as at 8th September 2017.
- Twenty-nine people died on New Zealand roads in August. This is 2 fewer than August 2016 and is 5 more than the average August road toll for the last five years.
- To the end of August this year, 253 people have died on New Zealand roads. This is 35 more than at the same time last year.
- In the 12 months to the end of August 2017, 363 people died on our roads. This is 35 more than the 12 months to the end of August 2016.
- During August, 20 of the deaths were car or van drivers, 4 were car or van passengers, 3 were motorcyclists and 2 were cyclists.
- Seventeen of the 29 deaths were in open road crashes. Seventeen were in single vehicle crashes in which a driver lost control of the vehicle or ran off the road and 7 were in head-on collisions.
- Five of the 29 deaths were in collisions involving a truck.
- Of the 24 vehicle occupants who died, 12 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 August 2017. Reported injuries are for the 12 months to the end of March 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
Road user type by age group
Since 1990 the number of vehicles on the road has increased by 78 percent while Police reported injuries have dropped by 22 percent, road deaths have dropped by 52 percent and the number of days spent in hospital as a result of road crashes has dropped by 54 percent.
Crash outcomes and road user behaviour
Road crash data
|Number of road deaths||405||393||421||366||384||375||284||308||253||293||319||328||363|
|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||0.95|
|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||7.6|
Note: Road deaths for 2017 are for the 12 months to the end of August 2017.
|Number hospitalised (all discharges)||7210||7680||7440||7570||7590||7360||6780||7070||7150||6940||7310||8010||8152|
|Number hospitalised for over 1 day||3198||3396||3404||3244||3042||2909||2707||2794||2886||2716||2902||3053||3075|
|Number hospitalised for over 3 days||2192||2251||2351||2210||2051||1918||1801||1872||1886||1752||1905||1992||2012|
Note: Reported injuries for 2017 are for the 12 months to the end of March 2017.
Hospitalisations for 2017 are for the 12 months to the end of March 2017.
|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|
|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%|
|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 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*
Crash data for the 12 months to the end of March 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.