Improved regional road safety
In 2017 the number of people seriously injured on the regions roads (247) was above the five year average of 179 (2013-17). In 2017 there were 14 deaths and 233 reported serious injury casualties. The number of deaths and serious injuries has increased by 8% since 2015, in 2015 serious casualties were at there lowest. This change is also evident at a national level with the trend toward increased road casualties. The five year rolling average trend-line (black line) is almost flat as casualties continue to rise.
Total casualties on the region's roads and RLTP target.
Source: CAS, NZ Transport Agency
The total casualties for 2017 are 1158, this consists of 14 deaths, 233 serious and 911 minor casualties, rolling average for the 5 years is 957 casualties. For the last four years total casualties per year have been below the 2013 rolling average RLTP baseline of 1,080 casualties. The five year rolling average trend-line indicates a decline in total casualties which is a positive result for this outcome but if the recent increase in annual road accidents continues this will ultimately affect this trend. The RLTP target is 540 casualties or below in 2025.