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Road fatalities down 468 in 1990



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vx. AUSTRALIA

Bob Brown Minister for Land Transport

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11 January 1991

ROAD FATALITIES DOWN 468 IN 1990

The number of deaths on Australian roads in 1990 is the lowest since national records began in I960, according to statistics released today by the Federal Office of Road Safety.

The December edition of Road Crash Statistics Australia show 2331 road users were killed last year, 468 less than during 1989.

Federal Minister for Land Transport, Bob Brown, welcomed this achievement but said road users and governments must work hard to cut further deaths in 1991.

1 The new road safety measures implemented by the states and territories plus increased community concern should lead to a sustained drop in fatalities’, Mr Brown said.

’Government’s and the community must work together to develop new approaches reducing road trauma in Australia’.

A national breakdown of the 1990 figures show deaths were: NSW 800; Vic 546; Qld 402; SA 225; WA 196; Tas 70; NT 68; and the ACT 24.

Only the Northern Territory and South Australia recorded rises in road deaths while Victoria had a drop of 225 deaths on 1989 figures.

Compared to 1989 NSW had 162 fewer deaths; WA 46 fewer; QLD 25 fewer; both Tas and the ACT recorded 10 fewer in 1990.

’During the Christmas-New Year period there were 57 fatalities, or more than five deaths everyday. This was half the 1989 figure but still a disappointing result’, Mr Brown said.

The national road toll is 29 per cent lower than in 1980, when there was 3274 deaths, and 39 per cent less than 1970 when 3798 died on Australian roads.

Of the 2331 deaths in 1990, 939 were drivers; 632 were passengers; 417 were pedestrians; 263 were motorcyclists; and 80 were bicyclists. '

Media contact: Stephen McElhinney (06) 274 7758

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