NSW road toll lowest in five years

The Western Australian Government is calling for design and construction proposals from industry to deliver the $86 million Roe Highway (Kalamunda Road) – Grade Separated Interchange upgrade.New South Wales saw 35 fewer deaths on its roads last year and a reduction of 1160 serious injuries from crashes.

The 2018 road toll stands at 354 lives, the largest reduction since 2013.

Nearly 70 per cent of deaths occurred on country roads with 241 incidents last year, however this is 26 fewer fatalities than 2017.

Speed related deaths and heavy truck crashes were also in decline throughout 2018.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said the results are encouraging and the NSW Government is committed to ongoing action on road safety.

“This result is the lowest since records were first collated in 2005, with decreased hospitalisations experienced across all road users,” Minister Pavey said.

“As a country member of parliament, I’m pleased to see the reduction in lives lost in regional areas, because it’s known while we are a third of the population, we make up two thirds of the road toll, so this result is a positive one for our regional areas.

“Our other big killers – fatigue, drug and alcohol impairment and not wearing a seatbelt again featured in our top contributing factors.”

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command’s Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said police are pleased the number of passenger fatalities has decreased.

“This means more passengers are empowering themselves to speak up if they are concerned about their driver’s behaviour,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.

The NSW Government is investing $1.9 billion over five years to deliver the Road Safety Plan 2021.

Victoria joins NSW on the declining road toll, recording a 21% drop in fatalities last year, the state’s lowest on record.


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