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Improved regional road safety

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Improved regional road safety

Updated 15 January 2021 12:32pm

Target: Fatal and seriously injured totals are measured on an annual basis against a 5 year rolling average (CAS data), this average reduces to at least 50% of the 2009-2013 average.

People fatally or seriously injured on the region's roads and RLTP target.

Source: CAS, NZ Transport Agency
shows the number of fatal9 and serious10 injury casualties for all vehicle types in the Wellington region as reported by the police to NZ Transport Agency via Crash Analysis System (CAS). A five-year rolling average is measured against the current data as it provides a more meaningful and statistically significant picture of trends over the short to medium term against which to measure future progress.
8 2014 total calculated using five year rolling average, actual total is 45 killed or injured for 2014
9 Injuries that result in death within 30 days of a crash
10 Serious is defined as fractures, concussion, internal injuries, severe cuts and lacerations, severe shock requiring medical treatment, and any injury involving admittance to hospital.
2014/15 Annual Monitoring Report on the Regional Land Transport Plan
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In 2014 the number of people seriously injured on the regions roads (164) was below the five year average of 177. In 2014 there were 12 fatal and 152 reported serious injury casualties. The number of fatal casualties has increased from 10 to 12 (from 2010 to 2014). Over the same period the number of reported serious injury casualties has decreased from 185 in 2010 down to 152 in 2014 (a 18% drop). The five year rolling average trend-line shows declining numbers killed or seriously injured in the region as both car ownership and usage has increased.
The above figure shows the number of fatal and serious injury casualties for all vehicle types in the Wellington region as reported by the police to NZ Transport Agency via Crash Analysis System (CAS). The figure shows annual results (blue bars) and the five year average (the red line).

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. 

 

Target: Total casualties on an annual basis against a 5 year rolling average (CAS data) reduces to at least 50% of the 2009-2013 average.

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.