In the past five days there have been 14 deaths on New Zealand roads. The most recent one near Taupo killed four people, one of which was a five year old boy. Eight others were also injured in the same crash. It is believed that speed is the top factor for the majority of these crashes. Click here to read what Superintendent Steve Greally, national manager for road policing, thinks needs to be done to reduce these deaths.
As road deaths are one of the major causes of early death (deaths occurring before age 65) and a substantial contributor to New Zealand's poor record on accidental deaths, then tackling road safety with a new strategy looks to be important - whatever type of government we might get in a week or two.