Improvements Still Needed to Address Australia’s Road Toll
The peak national motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has released new analysis revealing Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania are falling behind other jurisdictions when it comes to reducing road deaths.
Benchmarking the Performance of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020 is issued quarterly by the AAA and shows Australia is on track to achieve the Government’s stated road safety target of a 30 per cent reduction in deaths throughout the decade to 2020.
“There has been a welcome reduction in the number of road deaths in the first three months of the year with 13 fewer lives lost compared to the previous quarter,” AAA Chief Executive Michael Bradley said.
“It is encouraging the three largest states of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland are all recording the type of reductions necessary to achieve the road safety target,” Mr Bradley said.
“However, the achievements of larger states are masking the relatively poor performance of Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania,” he said.
“It is also important to note that while we are witnessing an overall improvement in the number of fatalities, we remain unable to consistently or accurately quantify the number of serious injuries associated with road crashes,” Mr Bradley said.
“Unless jurisdictions commit to developing and sharing uniform data, we will not be able to start monitoring the effectiveness of safety measures undertaken to address the estimated 32,000 serious road crash injuries sustained in Australia each year.”
Read our analysis – Benchmarking the Performance of the National Road Safety Strategy