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Media Release

Senator Ron Boswell

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for

Transport and Regional Services

Leader of the National Party in the Senate

Senator for Queensland


6 September 1999




There were 1,763 people ki lled on Australian roads in 1998 according to figures released today by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Senator Ron Boswell.


Commenting on the Federal Office of Road Safety (FORS) Road Fatalities Australia 1998 Statistical Summary, Senator Boswell said he was disappointed that improvement in road safety appeared to have stalled.


“From 1992 to 1996, the road toll remained between 1,900 and 2,000 deaths annually” Senator Boswell said.


“In 1997, through the combined efforts of all governments, the police and the community, the road toll was reduced to 1,768. This was the lowest toll in Australia since 1950.


“Unfortunately, we have been unable to maintain this level of improvement. A reduction of only five road deaths was achieved last year and no additional reduction has been achieved to date in 1999,” he said.


“The current level of road trauma, remains of great concern. Federal, State and Territory Transport ministers will meet early next year to consider priority initiatives in the revised national road safety strategy.”


Senator Boswell said that road safety was a community issue and the best efforts of government and police could only succeed with the support of those who use the road.


“The formula for reducing the road toll is simple but does require conscious commitment,” Senator Boswell said.


“Avoiding drink-driving and excessive speed, taking regular breaks to counteract driver fatigue and always wearing seat belts provides the foundation for reducing the road toll,” Senator Boswell said.


Copies of the report, Road Fatalities Australia 1998 Statistical Summary , are available from the Federal Office of Road Safety.





Media inquiries:

Senator Boswell’s office, Wendy Whittaker; (07) 3001 8150



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