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Don’t Become A Road Toll Statistic This Easter

5.4.2012

Drivers, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists are all being urged to take care and use common sense this long weekend in a bid to avoid unnecessary deaths or serious injuries on the nation's roads.

The national motorists' organisation, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), is urging all road users to take a shared responsibility for lowering the road toll as we embrace the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety.

"Road safety is a combination of all road users taking responsibility for their actions, looking out for one another and being patient over the busy long weekend," AAA Executive Director Andrew McKellar said.

1,305 people died on the nation's roads in the 12 months to February – down 1.9 per cent on the 1,330 in the previous year.

"The national road toll continues to trend down but there are still too many people being killed or seriously injured on Australia's roads," Mr McKellar said.

A breakdown of road user groups reveals pedestrian fatalities have increased to 194 in the previous 12 months compared to 166 the year before – a rise of almost 17 per cent.

"It is very concerning that pedestrian deaths have increased while other road users have fallen," he said.

"It is a reminder that both pedestrians and drivers must be vigilant and take extra care around each other," Mr McKellar said. 

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