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A Bob Brown v AUSTRALIA .... Minister for Land Transport____________________________________________________________ A /<0 268/91 25 June 1991

MAT ROAD TOLL THE LOWEST ON RECORD

The 163 deaths on Australia's roads last month represented the lowest May figure on record and the third-lowest monthly total since national records began in 1960.

Commenting on the figures in the latest edition of Road Fatality Statistics Australia, Federal Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown, described the improvement as good compared with relatively small drops in the road toll over previous months.

'However, the reduction nation-wide is almost entirely due to figures for Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory', Mr Brown said.

'Other states, especially Queensland where the road toll rose 26.7 per cent for the month, need to increase efforts to restore a downward trend in road deaths.'

The road fatality statistics for May show that New South Wales recorded 57 fatalities, Victoria 35, Queensland 38, South Australia 11, Western Australia 11, Tasmania seven, the Northern Territory three and the ACT one.

This represents a fall of 12.4 per cent compared with May 1990 when 186 people died on Australia's roads..

Mr Brown said the 163 fatalities in May comprised 73 drivers, 39 passengers, 31 pedestrians, 17 motorcyclists and their passengers and three bicyclists.

The national road toll to date is 869 fatalities - down 5.8 per cent compared with the first five months of last year.

Figures for the 12 months to the end of May show a fall of

13.3 per cent compared with the corresponding period to May 1990. Victoria recorded the biggest improvement (22.4 per cent) in this period, followed by the Northern Territory (17.1 per cent) and New South Wales (16.8 per cent).

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