14 Dec 2015

Road fatalities prompt call for median barriers

8:04 pm on 14 December 2015

A road safety campaigner is calling for crash hotspots to have median barriers fitted after a weekend of what he says were preventable deaths.

Seven people died in a series of North Island crashes over the weekend - two more than were killed during the whole of the three-day Labour Weekend in October.

The Dog and Lemon Guide editor Clive Matthew-Wilson said two of the accidents were on roads without median barriers could have been avoided - one which killed three people in Bay of Plenty, and another which killed a man north of Taupo.

"Wherever there is the possibility of cars going at a hundred kilometres an hour colliding, then that's where we need to have median barriers."

Mr Matthew-Wilson said the barriers would not be on every road, but the safety benefits were proven and their installation should be made a priority.

The government said it was investing $3 billion in road safety over the next three years, including extra median barriers as well as roadside and centreline rumble strips.