Crash Bash

Crash Statistics

Latest Crash Statistics for Young Drivers. 

In the Canterbury Police District betrween 2012-2015:

  • There has been a 22% reduction in the number of 16 to 20 year olds who were at fault in injury crashes. The proportion of 16 to 20 year olds of all ages as at-fault drivers fell from 18.2% to 15.0%.

 

In Christchurch City between 2012-2015:

  • There has been a 34% reduction in the number of 16 to 20 year olds who were at fault in injury crashes. The proportion of 16 to 20 year olds of all ages as at-fault drivers fell from 18.1% to 13.1%.

 

Source: NZTA Crash analysis System (CAS) data 2016.

The Ripple Effect


T
his video outlines the impact a crash has on a family and the wider community.







NZTA Drug Driving Campaign


Check out the latest 'Drug Driving' campaign produced by NZTA.

NZTA Young Driver Campaign


Check out the latest 'Young Driver' campaign produced by NZTA.

NZTA Alcohol & Drugs Info

Alcohol and drugs seriously affect your driving by slowing your reaction times and affecting your senses and judgment.

Alcohol is the second biggest contributing factor to road crashes in New Zealand. Being a responsible driver means never driving when you're over the permitted blood alcohol level or when you've consumed drugs that might impair your judgement.

Drivers under the age of 20 are to have ZERO alcohol in their systems when driving and a new law has been introduced to prohibit driving while on drugs. To find out more about the affect alcohol and drugs have on your ability to drive click here.

Text Driving

Distractions while driving  include any activities a person engages in that has the potential to distract them from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing.

Drive phone free while driving.  No call is that important!

Speed

The likelihood of being involved in a serious injury crash riases significantly with even minor changes in speed.  Australian research has shown that the risk of a serious injury crash doubles with just a 5km/h speed increase on 60km'h urban roads or with a 10km/h increase on rural highways.

Dissqualified and never licensed drivers in fatal crashes are much more likely to be speeding (44% and 52%, respectively) than drivers with a full licence (13%).  Drivers with restricted or learner licences are more likely to be in speed-involved fatal crashes than those with full licences .

No matter what causes a crash, vehicle speed directly affects the force of impact. If a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the severity of their injuries is related to the impact speed. The probability of death for a pedestrian rises steeply from:

  • 10 percent at an impact speed of 30 km/h
  • 70 percent at 50 km/h

Check out more on speed here

Demerit points

Demerit points are given for all speeding infringements other than speed camera offences. If you get a total of 100 or more within two years, you'll be suspended from driving for three months.

Speed

Demerit points

Exceeding the speed limit by up to 10 km/h

10

Exceeding the speed limit by 11-20 km/h

20

Exceeding the speed limit by 21-30 km/h

35

Exceeding the speed limit by 31-35 km/h

40

Exceeding the speed limit by 36 km/h or more

50