Easter 2020

The official Easter holiday period for 2020 began at 4pm on Thursday 9 April and ended at 6am on Tuesday 14 April.

Provisionally, over Easter weekend in 2020 there were no fatal crashes. This is the second time that no road deaths were recorded for an Easter holiday period, with the previous occiasion being Easter 2012. The Easter 2020 result was when New Zealand was in level 4 lockdown due to Covid19 (March 25 onwards - end date TBC).

Easter 2019

The official Easter holiday period for 2019 began at 4pm on Thursday 18 April and ended at 6am on Tuesday 23 April.

Over Easter weekend in 2019 there were 4 fatal crashes. These crashes resulted in 4 deaths.

The 4 deaths were:

  • 2 drivers
  • 2 passengers

Common types of crashes:

  • Nearly half (48%) of the crashes reported during the Easter weekend occurred on the open road
  • 51% of crashes were single vehicle crashes in which a driver lost control or ran off the road
  • 34% were intersection collisions
  • 17% were rear end crashes or collisions with obstructions (such as parked vehicles).

 The most common driver factors contributing to crashes:

  • losing control of vehicle (28% of crashes)
  • Poor position on road (27%)
  • Inappropriate speed (25%)
  • Alcohol (21%)
  • Did not see another party until too late (16%)
  • Driver inexperience (16%).

Historical

Historical Easter fatalities and injuries since 1980
 Year Deaths  Injuries 
1980  15 213 
1981   5 248 
1982   13 240 
1983   11 285 
1984   15 258 
1985   9 291 
1986   15 254 
1987   19 254 
1988   12 283 
1989   16 214 
1990   17 237 
1991   12 238 
1992   12 185 
1993   11 165 
1994   10 228 
1995   9 192 
1996   7 229 
1997   6 218 
1998   3 176 
1999   7 145 
2000   6 134 
2001   4 161 
2002   3 214 
2003   3 190 
2004   4 170 
2005   9 209 
2006   5 170 
2007   6 206 
2008   9 196 
2009   7 193 
2010   12 231 
2011   5 202 
2012 0 135
2013 3 127
2014 5 140
2015 1 143
2016 4 142
2017 2 170
2018 7 200
2019 4  146
2020 0 -

The lowest Easter number of road deaths was 0, recorded in 2012 and 2020. The Easter 2020 result was when New Zealand was in level 4 lockdown due to Covid19. The highest recorded number killed was 21, recorded in 1971.

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Annual road deaths historical information

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