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Lowest road toll in 51 years

By johnboy - 1 January 2012 49

ACT Policing has recorded a single digit road toll of six in 2011, making it the lowest road toll since 1959 and a two-third reduction from 2010.

The last fatality on ACT roads was recorded in March, making the ACT the only jurisdiction in Australia to not record a road fatality over the past nine months.

Acting Superintendent Jeff Knight said achieving the lowest road toll in half a century was an indication of changing attitudes in Canberra drivers to road safety.

“Any fatality on our roads is a tragedy, however achieving the lowest road toll in over 50 years marks a noticeable improvement,” Acting Superintendent Knight said.

A NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust-funded study into the ACT’s driving culture found that the ACT has Australia’s second highest rate of registered passenger vehicles per 1,000 people at 599. Despite this, the ACT has recorded the lowest road toll for 2011 across Australia.

“The ACT has a relatively good road safety record in comparison to other Australian states and territories. One of the reasons for this is because the road systems are established, well planned and it is a small jurisdiction,” Acting Superintendent Knight said.

Over the last 12 months, ACT Policing has been working proactively and cooperatively with the ACT Government and other stakeholders to prevent and respond to fatalities in the ACT.

“There is no magic bullet for preventing tragic deaths on our roads. So many factors have contributed to last year’s low road toll, including increased driver awareness, advances in our technology, increased police patrols targeting traffic and joint ACT Government and ACT Policing road safety campaigns.”

“While Traffic Operations conducts the planning for many operations and can undertake specific targeted enforcement activity, all police in the ACT, particularly General Duties officers, are crucial to our road safety plans,” Acting Superintendent Knight said.

The introduction of the Recognition and Analysis of Plates Identified (RAPID) technology in July 2010 has also had a real impact on ACT roads, by identifying drivers who pose the greatest risk to other road users.

“Statistics show approximately one-third of fatal collisions in the ACT involve unregistered/uninsured or unlicensed drivers. By getting these drivers and vehicles off the road before they are involved in a collision, we are making our roads safer.”

“Many of the deaths recorded on our roads this year were preventable, as alcohol or drugs, speeding and other unsafe behaviours were a contributing factor. We are aiming for a further reduction in the road toll for 2012,” Acting Superintendent Knight said.

The ACT is only jurisdiction in Australia to have recorded zero road fatalities so far this Christmas-New Year holiday period.

Double demerits continue to apply until midnight Monday 2 January.

The ACT road toll for 1950 to 2002 can be accessed from the Department of Infrastructure website.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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49 Responses to
Lowest road toll in 51 years
tidalik 10:39 pm 01 Jan 12

thatsnotme said :

I’d like to know how many people were maimed on Canberra roads in the past year. How many people will live for the rest of their lives with a disability or injury due to a car accident? How many people didn’t make the evening news (or this press release) because they somehow survived?

Celebrating a low death toll, while ignoring the harm that non-fatal accidents can cause, seems somewhat disingenuous to me.

+1

gooterz 10:28 pm 01 Jan 12

Tooks said :

gooterz said :

No doubt that most of the act can afford newer cars helped in the stats. its much easier to die in a car without an airbag.
Not to mention the act has some of the fewest intersections.

Explain the 2010 road toll then.

Fuel prices went up in 2010 so forced people to change cars. Today cars weigh so much more and much safer then they have been in the past.
Also seems younger people are living at home longer and spending their savings on cars.
Anyone else noticed the lack of old lemon type cars around?

thatsnotme 10:20 pm 01 Jan 12

I’d like to know how many people were maimed on Canberra roads in the past year. How many people will live for the rest of their lives with a disability or injury due to a car accident? How many people didn’t make the evening news (or this press release) because they somehow survived?

Celebrating a low death toll, while ignoring the harm that non-fatal accidents can cause, seems somewhat disingenuous to me.

PantsMan 9:39 pm 01 Jan 12

So NRMA is going to put our CTP premiums down?

Sorry, wait, no… I’m just stuck in ‘silly season’ thinking.

Classified 9:26 pm 01 Jan 12

Tooks said :

gooterz said :

No doubt that most of the act can afford newer cars helped in the stats. its much easier to die in a car without an airbag.
Not to mention the act has some of the fewest intersections.

Explain the 2010 road toll then.

I’d have thought our number of fatalities is small enough that chance plays a large part in changing the stats.

In other news, I did about 1000km on NSW roads this week, and saw some absolutely retarded behaviour from the cars with white and blue plates… I wonder how many ACT drivers died on roads outside the ACT?

Tooks 7:57 pm 01 Jan 12

gooterz said :

No doubt that most of the act can afford newer cars helped in the stats. its much easier to die in a car without an airbag.
Not to mention the act has some of the fewest intersections.

Explain the 2010 road toll then.

Rollersk8r 7:10 pm 01 Jan 12

Ian said :

I suggest that the biggest variable in the road toll is luck. Stupid people do stupid things all the time. Sometimes they have the good luck not to run into other cars and/or stationary objects. Sometimes they get unlucky and do run into things. The underlying stupidity is probably fairly constant.

Completely agree. I have been saying this for years. Extra effort to get unregistered/unlicensed drivers off the road is a good thing – but in a place the size of Canberra, with excellent roads, it really is a matter of luck whether we have 5, or 10, or 20 fatalities a year. It’s a few split seconds here and there.

Would be interested to know whether there were any less accidents overall??

I refuse to believe there’s any change in attitude, as quoted. On the contrary. In my observation drivers are more aggressive and impatient than ever.

cranky 6:08 pm 01 Jan 12

Ian said :

I suggest that the biggest variable in the road toll is luck. Stupid people do stupid things all the time. Sometimes they have the good luck not to run into other cars and/or stationary objects. Sometimes they get unlucky and do run into things. The underlying stupidity is probably fairly constant.

Perhaps this is why the RAPID system works so well. Stupid people will not register or Third Party their car, and will have a problem owning, renewing or maintaining their license.

Seems like this could be a study topic for the School of Not Inconsequential Studies.

Ian 5:26 pm 01 Jan 12

I suggest that the biggest variable in the road toll is luck. Stupid people do stupid things all the time. Sometimes they have the good luck not to run into other cars and/or stationary objects. Sometimes they get unlucky and do run into things. The underlying stupidity is probably fairly constant.

chewy14 3:55 pm 01 Jan 12

Road toll goes down, speed cameras must be working.
Road toll goes up, we obviously need more speed cameras.

Usermane 3:28 pm 01 Jan 12

All the speed cameras must have kept the Mullies away. I guess they really work.

(Didn’t see any tigers around, either.)

buzz819 3:03 pm 01 Jan 12

gooterz said :

No doubt that most of the act can afford newer cars helped in the stats. its much easier to die in a car without an airbag.
Not to mention the act has some of the fewest intersections.

I’m pretty sure over the last 10 years the same amount of people have been able to buy new cars, yet the road toll was still pretty high.

Mr Waffle 2:41 pm 01 Jan 12

I assume that, with the introduction of more speed cameras, point-to-point cameras, and the plastic bag ban, we can see this figure dropping further, possibly entering the negatives by 2013.

Mysteryman 2:25 pm 01 Jan 12

Clearly this is due to speed cameras.

gooterz 1:40 pm 01 Jan 12

No doubt that most of the act can afford newer cars helped in the stats. its much easier to die in a car without an airbag.
Not to mention the act has some of the fewest intersections.

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