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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 2156

Senator McLAREN asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   How many road accidents have occurred between Berrimah andKatherine, Northern Territory, during the last twelve months.

(2)   What was the exact location of each accident.

(3)   How many of the accidents were fatal.

(4)   What was the extent of other injuries suffered by victims.

(5)   What were the known causes of such accidents.

(6)   How many victims were transported to hospital.

(a)   by departmental ambulance, and

(b)   by private transport.

Senator COTTON- The Minister for the Interior has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question: (1)110 accidents were reported on the Stuart Highway between Berrimah and Katherine during the calendar year 1971. (2)13 accidents were located in the Berrimah area. The remaining 97 accidents were located at different points on the Highway. As the detailed information requested cannot be supplied before Parliament rises, the Minister for the Interior will provide the information in a letter to the honourable senator when it is available.

(3)   7 accidents resulted in fatalities with a total of10 deaths.

(4)   Serious injuries were suffered by 35 persons. 72 persons suffered minor injuries.

(5)   Police reports show the following as the primary cause of each accident:

Excessive speed - 20.

Driving under influence of alcohol - 7.

Negligent or careless driving - 41.

Negligence of pedestrian - 6.

Mechanical ortyre failure - 15.

Unspecified- 21.

(6)   Details of the number of victims transported to hospital are not available. However there were 68 accidents in which victims were transported to hospital. The details are as follows:


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