Preliminary figures released by the New South Wales Roads & Maritime Services show that the state's road toll in 2011 was the second lowest since 1944.
The number of fatalities on NSW roads fell in 2011 to 376, down from 405 in the previous year.
The figures also show that there were 15 fatalities in the first nine days of the Christmas holiday period this year, five more than for the entire 15-day Christmas holiday period in 2010/11.
Initial analysis of the 2011 NSW provisional road toll figures includes:
- The road toll in the 10 year period to 2011 has dropped from 524 to 376
- Speeding related fatalities decreased by around four per cent compared to 2010
- 101 road fatalities in the metropolitan areas and 275 road fatalities in country areas compared to 124 and 281 respectively in 2010
- A drop in pedestrian deaths with 51 in 2011 compared with 59 in 2010, the second lowest pedestrian total since pedestrian fatality records began in 1928
- Passenger deaths were the second lowest since these records began in 1939
- Motorcycle deaths were down by nine and the equal lowest total since 1997