Call For Renewed Focus On Road Safety Targets
The peak national motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has released new analysis indicating the need for governments and other stakeholders to renew the focus on achieving road safety targets.
“Too many people continue to be tragically killed or seriously injured on Australia’s roads,” AAA Executive Director Andrew McKellar said.
In the 12 months to June 2012, 1,294 people died on the nation’s roads compared to 1,296 in the previous year – a decrease of just two people or 0.2 per cent.
“At this rate Australia is at risk of falling behind the target in the National Road Safety Strategy of reducing deaths and serious injuries by 30 per cent by 2020,” he said.
The AAA analysis has been released on the day of the National Road Safety Forum being held at Parliament House in Canberra.
“Everyone must work harder to be safer road users but our analysis shows there are clear priorities for governments.”
“Despite an overall reduction in road fatalities there are some states and some road user groups that show particular cause for concern,” Mr McKellar said.
States to record an increase in fatalities in the 12 months to June 2012:
- New South Wales 396 deaths – up from 356 (11.2%)
- Queensland 281 deaths – up from 251 (12.0%)
- Northern Territory 52 deaths – up from 43 (20.9%)
Road user groups to record an increase in fatalities in the 12 months to June 2012:
- Pedestrians 197 deaths – up from 174 (13.2%)
- Motorcyclists 220 deaths – up from 211 (4.3%)