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Young drivers still wildly over-represented in road fatalities

Young drivers are almost twice as likely to be killed in a traffic accident than their parents, according to new data from Australian Roads. The research says traffic injuries are the second-biggest killer of people aged between 15 and 24 in Australia...

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Automotive bodies welcome National Road Safety Strategy inquiry
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Automotive bodies welcome National Road Safety Strategy inquiry

Independent crash-testing authority, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), has voiced its support for the Federal Government's inquiry into the effectiveness of the National Road Safety Strategy as part of the 2017-18 Budget. The strategy aims to reduce road deaths and trauma on Australian roads by at least 30 per cent between 2011 and 2020...


AAA calls for road safety funding amidst rising road toll
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AAA calls for road safety funding amidst rising road toll

The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has again called for the Federal Government to renew its focus on road safety, as new statistics reveal the national road toll has remained stable over the past year. In a report called Benchmarking of the Performance of the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS), the AAA tracks progress against the NRSS's target of reducing road deaths by at least 30 per cent by the year 2020...


AAA urges government to revise road safety strategy
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AAA urges government to revise road safety strategy

Peak motoring authority, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has released a statement calling on the Australian Government to fund an inquiry into the country's rising road toll. The AAA says that no progress has been made in reducing road deaths since the National Road Safety Strategy was agreed to by all Australian governments in 2011...


Victorian government announces 2017 road safety plan
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Victorian government announces 2017 road safety plan

The Andrews government in Victoria has announced its 2017 plan to make the state's roads safer in an effort to curb the ever-increasing annual road toll. In a statement released this week, the 2017 plan declares that this year will be Victoria's "year of action" against road fatalities, after 2016 showed an increase in the annual road toll for the third consecutive year...


National Road Safety Strategy will fail without further federal funding, AAA says
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National Road Safety Strategy will fail without further federal funding, AAA says

The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has called on the Turnbull Government to dig deep and invest $150,000 into the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS), launched in 2011 to help combat the country's road toll. The NRSS was developed with the aim of cutting Australia's road toll by "at least" 30 per cent, by 2020...


NSW govt cracks down on P-platers: phone use banned for P1 and P2 drivers - UPDATE
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NSW govt cracks down on P-platers: phone use banned for P1 and P2 drivers - UPDATE

A spike in fatal road accidents this year has prompted the New South Wales government to introduce several changes to the Graduated Licensing Scheme for learner, P1 and P2 drivers. Described as an effort to better prepare young drivers for real-world road hazards and reducing the NSW road toll, particularly among P-platers, the changes will gradually take effect between December 2016 and November 2017...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 17
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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for June 17

  Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


Drug driving responsible for more Victorian road deaths than drink driving third year running
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Drug driving responsible for more Victorian road deaths than drink driving third year running

Illicit drugs, notably speed and ice, have proved more responsible for fatal collisions on Victorian roads than alcohol for the third successive year, Victoria Police has announced. Speaking to media today, Victoria Police assistant commissioner Doug Fryer (pictured below) said while speed remains the number one killer on Victorian roads, police are seeing a “significant increase” in illicit drugs being the determining factor in fatal and injury trauma...


Australia's road toll reduction since 2000 fourth-lowest among 32 sample countries
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Australia's road toll reduction since 2000 fourth-lowest among 32 sample countries

Road fatalities among the 32 member countries of the International Road Traffic and Accident Database (IRTAD) fell a remarkable 42.0 per cent between 2000 and 2013, latest figures show. But Australia’s reduction — a still commendable 35.0 per cent over the 14-year period — was fourth-lowest among the IRTAD Group, higher only than Canada, the US and Chile...


2014 Australian road toll falls to lowest level since 1945
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2014 Australian road toll falls to lowest level since 1945

Australia’s road toll fell to its lowest level in almost 70 years in 2014 and the national rate of road deaths per 100,000 people dipped to the lowest level since records began 90 years ago. The total number of road deaths last year was 1155 – down 3.1 per cent from 2013 – marking the lowest road toll since 1945...


Road toll down 26 per cent since 2007, deaths of young road users almost halved
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Road toll down 26 per cent since 2007, deaths of young road users almost halved

Fatalities on Australian roads have decreased by more than a quarter over the past seven years, according to official government data. The ‘Road Deaths Australia 2013 Statistical Summary’ released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) shows the number of people killed in fatal crashes decreased 25...


Fatalities of young motorists down more than any other age group
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Fatalities of young motorists down more than any other age group

The percentage of young Australian adults killed in road crashes has decreased more than any other age group over the past five years, though young people remain over-represented in roll toll statistics overall. A report by the Federal Government’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, ‘Young Adults and Road Safety’, found the number of road crash fatalities involving motorists aged 15-24 fell 29 per cent from 2007 to 2012 (385 to 273)...


Australian road toll down, serious injury rate climbs
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Australian road toll down, serious injury rate climbs

The rate of people seriously injured in road traffic crashes in Australia has increased over recent years despite improvements to vehicle safety and continued efforts from governments to reduce the road toll. The report ‘Trends in serious injury due to land transport accidents, Australia 2000-01 to 2008-09’ released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) reveals the rate of people seriously injured in road traffic crashes increased from 138...


Australia's road toll lowest since 1946
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Australia's road toll lowest since 1946

Australia's national road toll last year fell to its lowest level since 1946. In total, 1292 people were killed on Australia’s roads in 2011, down 4.4 per cent compared with 2010 and down almost 20 per cent from five years ago. All states experienced a reduction in their road toll in 2011 except Queensland, which increased from 249 to 269, and Victoria, which was steady at 288...


Responsible drivers cause more accidents than hoons: report
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Responsible drivers cause more accidents than hoons: report

According to Professor D'Arcy Holman of the Road Safety Council of WA, hoons cause less crashes compared with more responsible, low-risk-taking drivers. He says it's the majority that matters when it comes to the road toll and says the majority includes drivers that take low-risks on the road, such as those who frequently exceed the speed limit by only a little bit...


Queensland leads 10 percent national road toll reduction
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Queensland leads 10 percent national road toll reduction

The national road toll decreased by almost 10 percent in 2010, with the number of deaths in road crashes down from 1507 in 2009 to 1368 last year. Queensland led a list of four states to experience a reduction in its road toll, while the Northern Territory had the highest increase in fatalities...


2007 Easter Road Toll
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2007 Easter Road Toll

Update (original article follows): As one of our readers pointed out...


Road Toll Reduction - A New Approach
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Road Toll Reduction - A New Approach

I was sitting at home last night watching the news about three teenagers that had managed to kill themselves "due to excessive speed" near the Sunshine Coast, and whilst the continuous exposure to road death had left me and countless others completely desensitized to the event, I found it rather surprising what one of the police officers said at the scene of the crash...