Queens Birthday road toll deadliest since 1989

11 people were killed on the roads during the Queens Birthday Weekend, the highest number of fatalities since 1989.

Eight crashes occurred in Southern, Canterbury, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Auckland and Northland Police districts.

National Manager Road Policing, Superintendent Steve Greally says, “The sad part is that crashes like this are preventable, and to see another 11 families left devastated in this way is incredibly sad.

As far as Police is concerned, any death or injury is one too many, and everyone needs to be doing their part to reduce deaths and injuries on our roads.

Police will continue to do everything we can to ensure the message gets to those who need to hear it – if only to prevent another crash from occurring – but this responsibility also lies in the hands of every road user.”

The official Queen's Birthday weekend period began at 4pm on Friday 3 June and ended 6am on Tuesday 7 June.

Police had a heavy presence on the roads throughout the country, focusing on high-risk driving behaviour.

Mr Greally says, “As with other long weekends, we focussed on speed and those driving too fast for the conditions, as well as seatbelt non-compliance, cellphone use and driving while impaired, as these are the high-risk behaviours that we know continue to kill and injure far too many of us on the roads.

This year has already seen a high number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads, leaving families devastated over the loss of their loved ones. 

"Not all roads are created equal – many of New Zealand’s roads are unforgiving and leave no room for mistakes," adds Greally.

New Zealand's worst ever Queen's Birthday Weekend on the roads was in 1973, when 24 were killed.