8 Jan 2010

Holiday road toll climbs to 13

5:59 pm on 8 January 2010

The official holiday road toll has risen to 13. A 23-year-old man injured in a crash near Kerikeri on Monday has since died of his injuries.

The number of people who died on the roads in the 2009 - 2010 Christmas holiday period is just under half that of last year.

All but one of the deaths were caused by crashes on the open road, the police say, and speed was a factor in at least half of them.