Crash stats paints grim picture on ‘bloody road’ ahead of $478 million project start
The winding stretch of State Highway 2 between Tauranga and Katikati has claimed 28 lives and left 335 injured in the past 11 years.
Statistics released by NZTA reveal there have been 539 reported accidents on the highway since 2009 and most are attributed to driver error.
Poor observation is the leading factor in crashes with it recorded in 35 per cent of all crashes.
This was followed by: poor vehicle handling (22 per cent), incorrect lane use (21 per cent), alcohol (17 per cent), failure to give way (17 per cent) and travel speed (15 per cent).
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