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Easter an opportunity to continue downward trend in road toll



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27 March 1991

EASTER AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE DOWNWARD TREND IN ROAD TOLL

The four-day Easter break will provide a good opportunity for motorists to continue the encouraging downward trend in Australia's road toll, the Federal Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown, said today.

'Statistics for the past five Easters graphically illustrate the need for extra caution on the roads during the five-day break', Mr Brown said.

'After a downward trend from 50 deaths in 1986 to 35 in • 1988, the Easter road toll rose to 40 the following year and 41 last year.

'Despite these figures, I am hopeful that the road crash statistics for Easter continue the eight per cent decline in fatalities recorded in February'.

The latest edition of Road Fatality Statistics Australia shows that 153 people died on the nation's roads in February.

New South Wales recorded 48 deaths, Victoria 37, Queendland 23, South Australia 18, Western Australia 12, Tasmania eight, the Northern Territory six and the ACT had one road fatality during February.

'This represents an 18.3 per cent drop in deaths for the past year when compared with the five year average', Mr Brown said.

'The Federally-funded $120 million 'Black Spots' program 5will help sustain the reduction in road deaths by improving |many crash-prone intersections and roads.

| 'However, to keep the Easter road toll down., the onus rests ,with drivers to take adequate breaks and keep to posted !speed limits', Mr Brown said.

Media contact: Brian Hill (06) 277 7440

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