Fatal stats show downward trend

MORE than 90 deaths on Australian roads in July brought the total number of road fatalities to more than 1200 for the year to the end of July.

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics released the latest road deaths statistics on Tuesday.

The statistics revealed 1286 deaths on Australian roads to the end of July, with 148 deaths on Queensland roads and 222 deaths in New South Wales in the same period.

While the national figure was trending downward, it was relatively stable on previous years, with 1289 road deaths in 2011 and 1399 road deaths in 2010.

Car and truck drivers remained the most likely to die on Australian roads, followed by vehicle passengers, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Men also remained more likely to die in a crash than women, with 923 men dying on roads in the past year compared with 362 women.


Road Deaths by state - July 2011 to July 2012

NSW: 222 - down 12.7%
Qld: 148 - up 1.4%
Vic: 159 - down 12.6%
SA: 55 - down 20.3%
WA: 108 - up 12.5%
Tas: 15 - down 16.7%
NT: 24 - up 26.3%
ACT: 6 - no change.
Source: BITRE

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