Rise In Road Toll Requires Urgent Action
The peak national motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has released new analysis showing an alarming rise in the number of people being killed on our roads resulting in Australia falling behind road safety targets.
“A rise in the road toll is simply shocking when you consider improvements in vehicle safety over the years,” AAA Executive Director Andrew McKellar said.
In the 12 months to September 2012, 1,331 people died on the nation’s roads compared to 1,288 in the previous year – an increase of 3.3 per cent
“Urgent and coordinated action is required by governments to ensure we get back on track,” Mr McKellar said.
“Australia is in danger of falling behind the National Road Safety Strategy target of reducing deaths and serious injuries by 30 per cent by 2020,” he said.
“Our analysis shows clear areas of concern across a number of states and road user groups,” Mr McKellar said.
States to record an increase in fatalities in the 12 months to September 2012:
- New South Wales 399 deaths – up from 364 (9.6%)
- Queensland 283 deaths – up from 262 (8.0%)
- Tasmania 29 deaths – up from 26 (11.5%)
- Northern Territory 53 deaths – up from 39 (35.9%)
- Australian Capital Territory 8 deaths – up from 7 (14%)
Road user groups to record an increase in fatalities in the 12 months to June 2012:
- Drivers 620 deaths – up from 579 (7.1%)
- Motorcyclists 229 deaths – up from 206 (11.2%)