Speed

Excessive speed is one of the biggest killers on our roads.

The faster you go, the more likely you are to be killed or seriously injured if you crash.

Statistics

Speed is a factor in 39% of all injury crashes in the Waimakariri; these crashes mainly involve loss of control on straight roads and loss of control on bends.

Between 2009 and 2013 there were 155 crashes - 51 of these crashes involved injury and 104 non-injury; of the injury crashes 6 people died and 24 were seriously injured.

Over two-thirds (70%) of the crashes occurred in rural areas, most (89%) were on local roads and most (84%) were single vehicle crashes.

Almost half of the crashes (45%) happened at weekends and 56% at night.

Nearly half of the 'at fault' or 'part fault' drivers were under 25 years old. Two-fifths of the drivers were on restricted (28%) or learner (13%) licences.

Driver distraction has been identified as being a high personal risk in the New Zealand Transport Agency's Communities at Risk register  for the Waimakariri.

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