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2020 road deaths down on 2019


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The number of deaths on New Zealand roads in 2020 was down on 2019, but it’s still too many, says the National Road Policing Manager.

Provisional figures from the Ministry of Transport show there were 320 deaths in 2020, down 32 on the 2019 figure of 352.

But while figures were down year on year, the current number of deaths for the Christmas and New Year holiday period is more than double last year’s.

Last year four people lost their lives during the period, compared to nine so far this year. The holiday period ends at 6am on January 5.