The number of people killed on New Zealand roads so far this year has surpassed the total for 2016.

This year’s road toll is now the highest it has been in the last seven years.

“This year we’ve already seen 330 people lose their lives on New Zealand’s roads,” said Associate Minister for Transport Julie Anne Genter. “Every death on our roads is a tragedy and the high number this year is quite simply unacceptable.

“The road toll has been going up over the last four years and is now the highest it’s been since 2010. My number one priority in the transport portfolio is to bring the road toll down.”

Genter says everyone has a responsibility to make the roads safer. “It’s the basics, like wearing a seatbelt at all times, driving to the conditions, and stopping a mate from driving home drunk,” she said.