The deaths of eight people near Taupō on Sunday has led this month to be the deadliest April in a decade.

Forty-five people have died on the roads in April, taking this year's road toll to 137 so far. The last time 45 people died in a single month was in April 2009.

How have we come such a tragic full circle to be killing ourselves and each other on our roads just as much as 10 years ago? Perhaps it's time for our focus on road safety to switch away from blaming "high-risk" drivers.


Government transport priorities were