10 Nov 2009

Downturn in Canterbury road deaths

1:50 pm on 10 November 2009

A decline in the number of fatal road crashes in Canterbury is being attributed to increased police enforcement and better driving.

In the year to June, 39 people died on the roads, down from 56 in the 12 months before.

Canterbury Road Policing Manager Al Stewart says the figures reflect greater enforcement of the so-called fatal five driving offences: drink driving, speeding, not using seatbelts, careless driving and high-risk behaviour.

Inspector Stewart says the number of Canterbury drivers stopped by police for those offences over the last 12 months has been the highest on record.

He says drivers are getting the message about drink-driving and speeding.