Motor Vehicle Crashes in New Zealand is an annual statistical statement on road crashes in New Zealand.

Crash data are derived from Traffic Crash Reports completed by police officers who attend  fatal and injury crashes. The detailed information about crash circumstances and causes is extracted from these reports by NZ Transport Agency staff (formerly Land Transport New Zealand) and stored in the Ministry’s Crash Analysis System (CAS). The New Zealand crash data presented in this annual publication is extracted from the information stored in CAS.

During the 2008 calendar year there were:

  • 331 fatal road crashes
  • 11,316 injury crashes 
  • 366 casualty deaths
  • 15,174 casualty injuries

Casualty rates for 2008 were:

  • 1.1 deaths per 10,000 vehicles
  • 47 injuries per 10,000 vehicles
  • 8.6 deaths per 100,000 population
  • 356 injuries per 100,000 population

As well as the road crash statistics from CAS, Motor Vehicle Crashes in New Zealand includes national hospital, breath and blood alcohol, road  user behaviour and comparative international statistics which relate to road  crashes. 

Reported Injury Crashes 2008

Crash data from Police reported crashes

National Health Statistics for Road Users

Road users hospitalised as a result of motor vehicle crashes
Download National Health Statistics for Road Users document 
(PDF v 7.0, 199KB) (pages 105–114)

Breath and Blood Alcohol Statistics

Breath and blood alcohol offence data
Download Breath and Blood Alcohol Statistics document 
(PDF v 7.0, 137KB) (115–126)

Blood Alcohol Levels for Fatally Injured Drivers

Postmortem blood alcohol test results for drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes
Download Blood Alcohol Levels for Fatally Injured Drivers document
(PDF v 7.0, 151KB)  (127–138)

International Comparisons for Road Deaths

International comparisons of road deaths for countries that contribute to the OECD’s International Road Traffic and Accident Database
Download International Comparisons for Road Deaths document 
(PDF v 7.0, 216KB) (139–152)

Road User Behaviour Surveys

Results of surveys of seat belt use, cycle helmet use and driver’s choice of travel speeds
Download Road User Behaviour Surveys document 
(PDF v 7.0, 188KB) (153–160)

Driver Licence and Vehicle Fleet Statistics

Driver licence holders by age and sex and vehicle fleet size 
Download Driver Licence and Vehicle Fleet Statistics document 
(PDF v 7.0, 105KB) (161–164)

Legislation

Legislation affecting road safety
Download Legislation document (PDF v 7.0, 133KB) (165–169)