There is some ‘splaining to do after the road toll hits a six-year high.
The first two months of the year have been a horrific time on the roads, with deaths well up on the same time last year.
A total of 63 people were confirmed dead from 53 different fatal crashes – an average of almost one a day – in January and February.
It’s the deadliest start to the year since 2010, when 68 people died during the same months.
Waikato was by far the worst-hit area so far this year, with 16 people confirmed dead from crashes in the region.
New Zealand Transport Agency data showed in both Auckland and the combined Gisborne-Hawke’s Bay region, seven people died in the first 60 days of this year.