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RAA calls for action to bring down the state’s road toll

Wednesday, 8th May 2019

RAA says urgent action is needed to bring down the state’s road toll after a national report issued this week revealed South Australia will fail to meet its 2020 target to cut deaths and serious injuries.

The National Road Safety Strategy Benchmarking report published by Australian Automotive Association showed, by population, South Australia is lagging behind Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland in its bid to reduce road deaths, and that Australia as a nation is on course to miss its target to reduce road deaths by 30 per cent.

RAA’s Senior Manager of Road Safety Charles Mountain said the horror start to 2019, with crash deaths spiralling rather than decreasing, was heartbreaking.

“The 2018 road toll was a record low, but more than 40 tragic crash deaths in the first four months of 2019 have thrown this positive trend firmly into reverse, and devastated the lives of many families’’ Mr Mountain said.

The report shows that South Australia currently has a road fatality rate of 5.23 per 100,000 population, placing it above the national rate of 4.67 and significantly above Victoria, which is the state with the lowest road fatality rate of 3.63 per 100,000 population.

“If South Australia matched Victoria’s road fatality rate, we would save 28 lives a year based on our current fatality numbers, but to achieve this we need action from all levels of government,” he said.

“South Australia needs to act now to stop the carnage on our roads, so we’re calling on the next Federal Government to adopt all 12 recommendations in the 2018 National Road Safety Strategy Inquiry.

“We welcome the Federal Government’s promise to create a national Office of Road Safety, but we need real financial commitments from both the government and opposition, including $3 billion a year towards a road safety fund.”

Mr Mountain said RAA represents the views of almost 740,000 South Australians and wants the National Road Safety Strategy Inquiry’s recommendations on road safety to become business as usual.

RAA is a long-term advocate for measures that boost road safety and has regularly called for action to tackle the emotional and economic anguish road crashes cause South Australian families.

“We want to see a dramatic reduction in the state’s road toll and will continue to work with all levels of government, including the Federal Government and opposition, to cut road deaths and injuries,” Mr Mountain said.

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