Easter road toll: Two deaths still not good enough - road safety advocate

The Easter road toll finished on Tuesday morning with two deaths, but a road safety advocate says that still isn't good enough.

One person died in a two-car crash north of New Plymouth on Monday, while another died in a single car crash on Sunday night, bringing this year's Easter road toll to two.

While that is lower than last Easter's seven deaths, Caroline Perry from road safety charity Brake says New Zealand can do better.

"Every death on our road is a tragedy and is devastating for families and community which are involved. There is a lot that we need to do as a country," Perry told Newshub.

While the Easter road toll finished at 6am on Tuesday, many Kiwis remain on holiday around the country, having taken the week off because of Anzac Day on Thursday.

To get to their destination safely, Perry says there are several easy things for drivers and passengers to do when they head off on a journey.

"Keep below speed limit, drive to the conditions, particularly with some of the wet weather, and increase your following differences so you have plenty of time to stop.

"[Ensure] everyone else in your vehicle is wearing their seat belt too. That is one of the easiest things you can do to reduce your risk of death or serious injury if you are involved in a crash."

Last year's Easter road toll was the highest in eight years.


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