Age Concern Auckland chief executive Kevin Lamb encourages the elderly to take Staying Safe road refresher courses.
However, crash numbers for 2020 and 2021 are provisional due to a lag in data being entered into the Crash Analysis System, an agency spokesman said. Meanwhile, young drivers pose the highest risk of being involved in a smash, according NZTA data detailing crashes reported to police.
In 2019, drivers aged 16-24 were involved in 71 fatal crashes, 612 serious injury collisions and 3,058 minor injury smashes.
The number of elderly drivers is set to surge with a quarter of the country’s population on track to be aged 65 years and over by 2030.
Despite these low numbers, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Crash Analysis System shows there have been many crashes, including fatal crashes, along the highway in past years.
Emma Pownall said she thought she spoke for a lot of locals when describing the speed reduction as “deplorable”.
“Motorists who have driven this road daily for decades are frustrated,” Pownall said.
“Most feel that 80kmh was a perfectly reasonable speed for this stretch of road.”
Pownall said she had seen drivers become impatient with those driving at the new speed, with tailgating and dangerous overtaking happening.
She had received two $80 fines for exceeding the speed limit herself, and said although she tried to keep to 60kmh, it was almost an “impossible task”.
Press Release – Motor Trade Association
Vehicle factors, especially brakes and tyres, are increasingly a contributing factor to fatal crashes on New Zealand roads. This is one of the key findings of the Motor Trade Associations recent analysis of information in the Governments Crash …
Vehicle factors, especially brakes and tyres, are increasingly a contributing factor to fatal crashes on New Zealand roads.
This is one of the key findings of the Motor Trade Association’s recent analysis of information in the Government’s Crash Analysis System on fatal crashes between 2011 and 2019.
“Vehicle factors that contribute to fatalities are on the rise, even as the road toll trends down,” said MTA’s Advocacy and Strategy Manager Greig Epps.