Improved regional road safety
People fatally or seriously injured on the region's roads and RLTP target.
The latest crash statistics available are for 2019, the number of people seriously injured on the regions roads during the year was 186. This indicator is reported as a five year average, which was 208 injuries (for the years 2014 to 2019). In 2019 there were 11 deaths and 175 reported serious injury casualties, this is below the five year average but still high.
The number of deaths and serious injuries has increased by 25% since 2015, in 2015 serious casualties on regional roads were at the lowest level since 2000.
The increase in serious injuries is also evident at a national level with a similar trend toward increased road casualties.
Total casualties on the region's roads and RLTP target.
Source: CAS, NZ Transport Agency
The total casualties for 2019 are 1231, this consists of 11 deaths, 175 serious and 1045 minor casualties, the rolling average for the 5 years is 1115 casualties. The five year rolling average trend-line indicates an increase in total casualties. The recent increase in annual road accidents will mean this upward trend will continue. The RLTP target appears unattainable at 540 casualties or below in 2025.