Twenty-four fewer people have died on the road this year than last year. As of this afternoon, 353 people have died on the road this year, down from 377 in 2018.
It marks a significant drop in deaths, but still makes it the fourth deadliest year this decade.
As of this evening, 353 people have died on the roads in 2019, down from 377 in 2018.
The figure was at 352 this afternoon, but shortly after 6pm, police confirmed a person had died following a crash on State Highway 29, Lower Kaimai, on Monday 23 December.
The crash involved two trucks. One person was critically injured in the crash and died today in hospital. Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the crash.
That marks a more than 6 percent drop over the past year, which more than exceeds the five percent goal set by the police each year.
The Christmas and New Year's holiday toll sits at four.
2017 remains the deadliest year on our roads this decade, when 378 people died.
The number of deaths reached its low point in 2013, when 253 people died on the road.