In 2017, 380 people died on New Zealand’s roads and a further 14,000 were injured in crashes.
Those figures are appalling when you read them as a statistic, but even worse when you reflect on what they represent.
It is 380 people who never made it home to their loved ones – husbands, wives, sons and daughters.
Heartbreakingly, the age bracket with the most deaths was 15–30-year-olds, even though it was the bracket with the least drivers on the road.
At the time of writing this column, 325 had died on our roads in 2018 so far.
Sadly, that number will without doubt have increased by the time you read the words I have written – but it doesn’t have to be this way.
We all have a small role to play in reducing our road toll, whether than be driving a little slower, being a little more patient, taking the keys off a mate who has had a drink or checking our kids’ cars are roadworthy before they head off.
We are far from the worst in the world when it comes to road crashes, but that is no excuse.
The last thing I want for anyone in this community is for them, or one of their loved ones, to be represented in the next round of statistics.