Brake, the road safety charity welcomes the New Zealand government's investment in safety improvements to high-risk rural roads, announced today.
More than 70% of fatal crashes occur on the open road and safety measures such as median barriers and rumble strips are proven to help reduce the number of crashes and prevent deaths and injuries.
Caroline Perry, Brake's NZ director, said: "This investment is welcomed and will save lives on our roads. Safety measures such as median barriers have been proven to prevent road deaths, and measures such as improved signage and road markings will also help to reduce crashes. The current increase in the road toll is extremely worrying and investment such as this is essential to reduce deaths on our roads and prevent families from going through the devastation of a loved one being killed in a crash.
"However, we are concerned that other measures vital to reducing road deaths and injuries, such as roads policing, aren't receiving enough funding, and urge the government to look at this with urgency to help stop the carnage on our roads."
Read the full government release here.
 Motor Vehicle Crashes in New Zealand 2014, section 2 – casualties and crashes, Ministry of Transport