The Executive Director of the Centre for Road Safety Bernard Carlon, together with Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy has implored road users to make road safety a priority after 352 people lost their lives on NSW roads in 2019 – five more than in 2018.
“Any death on the roads is one death too many however we have seen significant reductions in a number of areas in 2019,” Carlon said citing a decade trend in which fatalities of people aged between 17 and 20 continued to decline with 14 deaths recorded last year, a historically low result down by 75 per cent on 2018.
“We’ve also seen a large reduction in pedestrian deaths on NSW roads in 2018 which have fallen from 69 to 46," he said.
However, an emerging trend among men aged 30 to 59 had seen fatalities in that age bracket increase by 13 to 115 on the previous year.
“Our research tells us that men admit to taking more risks when they drive alone – especially speeding. In 2019 84 people died in speed related crashes where a man was driving alone," said Carlon.
The biggest killer on NSW roads is speeding with 138 fatalities recorded.
Drug driving, drink driving and fatigue each individually contributed to about 20 per cent of deaths.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said he was heartened by the reduction in pedestrian deaths over the past 12 months as police have implemented a high-visibility campaign targeting people who cross roads illegally.
“Another positive we can take from the end of year wrap up is that during Operation Safe Arrival for 2019 we saw a significant reduction in serious-injury crashes compared to the year before.
In 2018, the state reported 1031 major crashes while this year has ended with 882 on day 12.
“With the current bushfire emergency continuing, numerous roads closures are in place and motorists are advised to take extra care when driving in affected areas,” said Corboy.
The NSW Government has invested $1.9 billion over five years to deliver the Road Safety Plan 2021 including $820 million for the Safer Roads Program.