Road toll continues to fall

According to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics’ Road Deaths Australia: Monthly Bulletin April 2012, the number of people killed in road crashes during the 12 months to April 2012 has fallen by more than three per cent, a reduction of more than 40 deaths.

Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Catherine King, said that although the latest figures show a downward trend in road deaths, there is no room for complacency.

“According to these statistics, the number of people killed on our roads over Easter this year is the lowest in 10 years,” Ms King said.

“Nearly all states over the Easter holiday period recorded the lowest number of people killed in road crashes.”

The five year trends show the current rate of deaths per population represents a 25 per cent reduction from five years ago and that across jurisdictions, latest annual comparisons show large falls in Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT.

“There were still 102 road deaths in April, but compared to the average for April over the previous five years, the current figure is 18.7 per cent lower,” Ms King said. 

“New official figures show that deaths of young adults between the ages of 17 to 25 have been falling at an average of 7.9 per cent per year.

“Australia has a record of achievement in improving road safety and this latest report supports that.

“We do not believe that any death or serious injury should be regarded as an inevitable or an acceptable price to pay for using our roads and we will continue our efforts to reduce the national road toll even further,” Ms King said.

Australian Governments are working hard to actively reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads with the National Road Safety Strategy targeted to cut road deaths and serious injuries by at least 30 per cent by 2020.

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