A National Tragedy - Australia Fails to Reduce Road Toll


The peak national motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has released new analysis showing that governments are failing the community following an increase in the number of people killed on the nation's roads during 2012.

"This is a national tragedy and there are serious concerns that authorities lack accountability on achieving their own road safety targets," AAA Executive Director Andrew McKellar said.

In the calendar year 2012, 1,300 people died on the nation's roads compared to 1,277 in the previous year – an increase of 1.8 per cent.

"The National Road Safety Strategy aims to reduce deaths and serious injuries by 30 per cent by 2020 and at this rate Australia is at risk of falling behind the target," he said.

"It is clear that there needs to be a renewed focus on road safety in 2013."

"The area in which governments can have the most direct impact is to improve the quality and safety of the roads and that involves significant investment in road infrastructure," he said.

All jurisdictions except Victoria and South Australia recorded an increase in fatalities during 2012:

  • New South Wales 370 deaths – up from 364 (1.6%)
  • Queensland 279 deaths – up from 269 (3.7%)
  • Western Australia 185 deaths – up from 180 (2.8%)
  • Tasmania 33 deaths – up from 24 (37%)
  • Northern Territory 48 deaths – up from 44 (9.1%)
  • Australian Capital Territory 12 deaths – up from 6 (100%)


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