TRAFFIC ACCIDENT TRENDS AND PATTERNS

The trends and patterns of injury traffic accidents over the last two decades are traced and described through tables, graphs and comments. The 6% average annual increase in accidents has been of the same order as increases in vehicle registations and fuel consumption but substantially greater than the increase in population. On a crude vehicle mileage basis the accident rate has shown a slight improvement. Motor cycle casualties have increased dramatically over the last few years and driver and passenger casualties have levelled off. There has been a marked trend towards greater accident involvement of the younger age groups particularly the 15-19 year olds. Urban area accidents have not increased to the same extent as urban population, but there has been an increase in the proportion of accidents occurring at night. Reasons for the observed changes are discussed and factors likely to influence future trends are suggested.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the New Zealand Roading Symposium, August, 1975.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Ministry of Transport, New Zealand

    Road Transport Division, Private Bag
    Wellington,   New Zealand 
  • Authors:
    • Toomath, J B
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 14 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00132061
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Traffic Res Rpt. N16
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 29 1977 12:00AM