The Summer news cycle is upon us and the focus swings to the important things like car crashes.
With so many desperate to flee the cities for a tiny slice of quality of life to make up for the hell their 9-5 existence normally is, you can be forgiven that we would focus on car crashes, but it only ever seems to be the most shallow of analysis.
Last year we had 311 deaths on the roads and before this year is even over we are at 368.
To put that in perspective, we had 606 official suicides in 2016.
Imagine what we could do for suicide prevention if it got the same media attention as the road crashes do each Summer.
We never seem to ask why so many die on the roads when it seems painfully obvious.
When you add more depressed, tired, exhausted people with addictive phone checking distractions plus unsafe cheap roading infrastructure plus inexperienced tourist drivers with the stresses and strains of just normal living you get large numbers of NZers dying on the roads.
Our autocide rate is a direct reflection of the culture and times we live in. We are stressed out, tired, under constant demand for attention. We drive on infrastructure that is broken and the veneer of our casual laid backness is ripped asunder by selfish driving manners and road rage.
We urgently need to examine our deeply repressed culture as to why our autocide rates are spiralling up. This is a symptom of a much deeper malaise and until media start asking those questions we will be doomed to repeat this grim tally every Summer over and over and over again.