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 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 2009 calendar year there were:

  • 337 fatal road crashes
  • 10,788 injury crashes 
  • 384 casualty deaths
  • 14,541 casualty injuries

Casualty rates for 2009 were:

  • 1.2 deaths per 10,000 vehicles
  • 45 injuries per 10,000 vehicles
  • 8.9 deaths per 100,000 population
  • 337 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 2009

Crash data from police-reported crashes:

National health statistics for road users

Road users hospitalised as a result of motor vehicle crashes.
National health statistics for road users (PDF, 198kb, pages 105–114)

Breath and blood alcohol statistics

Breath and blood alcohol offence data.
Breath and blood alcohol statistics (PDF, 112kb, pages 115–126)

Blood alcohol levels for fatally injured drivers

Postmortem blood alcohol test results for drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes.
Blood alcohol levels for fatally injured drivers (PDF, 112kb, pages 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.
International comparisons for road deaths (PDF, 289kb, pages 139–152)

Road user behaviour surveys

Results of surveys of seat belt use, cycle helmet use and driver’s choice of travel speeds.
Road user behaviour surveys (PDF, 189kb, pages 153–160)

Driver licence and vehicle fleet statistics

Driver licence holders by age and sex and vehicle fleet size. 
Driver licence and vehicle fleet statistics (PDF, 107kb, pages 161–164)

New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy serious injury outcome indicators

The New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy (NZIPS) aims to improve the country's injury prevention performance.
NZIPS serious injury outcome indicators (PDF, 123kb, pages 165-170)

Legislation

Legislation affecting road safety.
Legislation (PDF, 135kb, pages 165–169)