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Mid Year Road Toll Report: Record Lows In Victoria, Improvements In NSW Photo:
Trevor Collett | Jul, 02 2013 | 1 Comment

As we approach the halfway mark in 2013, both Victoria and New South Wales have shown improvements in road trauma figures compared to the same time last year.

In NSW, there have been 25 less road deaths compared to the same time last year. But Victoria is on track for a record year, with a 19 percent drop in the road toll to date.

At the end of June, there had been 113 deaths recorded on Victorian roads compared to 139 at the same time last year. Both June and May achieved the lowest road deaths ever recorded for those months.

The Victorian government has attributed the improvements to its Road Safety Strategy, with Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Chief Joe Calafiore praising Victorians for the improved figures.

"There are still today 113 families who have lost a loved one on the roads this year and thousands more people who have been injured," Mr Calafiore said.

Mr Calafiore said the Road Safety Strategy would continue in its quest to lower the road toll, by introducing a campaign aimed at helping parents and guardians to be good role models when teaching young people how to drive.

NSW Police have reported 164 road deaths this year, compared with 189 for the same time last year.

Specific area figures for NSW reveal improvements in the Central Metropolitan Region, Sydney’s South West, the Western Region and Northern Region, but North Western Sydney remained steady with 24 deaths at the same time this year and last year.

Only the Southern Region of NSW recorded more road deaths, with 42 this year compared to 38 at the same time last year.

Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, said the vast majority of motorists are to be commended.

“Any death on our roads is a tragedy,” Assistant Commissioner Hartley said.

“NSW motorists can make a difference in preventing fatalities by getting the basics right. Don’t speed, don’t drink and drive, drive to the conditions, don’t use your phone whilst driving, and wear your seat belt. Do everything in your power not to become a statistic.”

It seems not everyone is getting the message, however, with NSW Police detecting nine people driving under the influence of drugs, six people drink-driving and issuing six vehicle defect notices during road safety operations last weekend.

Police in Sydney’s Macarthur Region charged a 37-year-old woman whose licence is suspended until 2062 for driving whilst disqualified.

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