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Map of New Zealand’s road accidents developed

New Zealand: As police make their annual appeal for Kiwis to take care on the roads this Easter, Stuff has launched an interactive map painting a grim picture of our country”s crash toll.

Data released by the NZ Transport Agency has revealed nearly 6000 serious injury or fatal crashes on New Zealand roads in the past three years – more than a third of them caused when a driver loses control or has a head-on on a bend.

Stuff”s Blackspots project maps the latest road crash data involving motor vehicles, cyclists, motorcycles and pedestrians from January, 2010, to December, 2012. It will be updated regularly.

Last year was the first Easter weekend since records began 57 years ago that no one was killed on New Zealand roads.

“Last Easter we showed that we all can make a very real difference by collectively watching our speed, wearing our seatbelts, not driving drunk and maintaining our concentration, particularly as more people travel away over the break,” national road policing head Superintendent Carey Griffiths said.

“Since 1956, more than 560 people have been killed in crashes on our roads on Easter weekends – with last year the only exception. It would be outstanding if we were able to repeat last year”s result this weekend and make history for a second time,” Griffiths said.

“That will mean fewer crosses marking our roadsides and fewer families grieving the loss of loved ones.”

Analysis of the data set provided to Stuff shows the highest injury count from serious crashes occurred on September 5, 2011, when 48 people were hurt. On November 14, 2010 seven people died on the roads.

Source: Stuff.co.nz