The official Easter holiday period ended at 6am today with
three deaths too many, according to the country's top traffic
The increased road toll for 2012 is disappointing given the
raft of safety measures that have recently come into force -
and the sobering fact most fatal crashes are clearly
A record low holiday road toll has been welcomed but more
efforts are needed to continue to improve road safety, say
police, the Government and the Automobile Association.
Otago's road toll increased to 17 deaths last year, while the
national road toll was also up.
Last year New Zealand recorded its second lowest road toll in
50 years, with the deaths of young people significantly
stemmed, police say.
The road toll for the year stands at 318 - more than 40
higher than the 2011 tally.
With one day of the long weekend still to go, police warned
motorists to be extra vigilant as the road toll had already
reached "horrific" proportions.
Last year had the second-lowest annual road toll for the
Southern police district in the past 14 years, a result which
has pleased the man in charge of policing the South's roads.
The unconfirmed final holiday road toll stands at 18,
up 50 percent on the previous year.
Otago holidaymakers have been advised to be patient and plan
for longer driving times when travelling to their destination
to avoid adding to the rising national road toll.
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