As at midnight 13 December, the road toll is 21 less than the same time last year.

Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey said the message of safer driving starting to get through, especially on our country roads, with November having the lowest number of fatalities since 1936.

“Fatalities from crashes in regional areas are down by 26 so far. This is an encouraging sign because as we know country people are one third of the population, but two thirds of the road toll,” Mrs Pavey said.  

KEY POINTS

  • Fatal crashes on highways are down by 15 (from 90 to 75) from the same period last year
  • The number of fatalities from crashes involving a P Plate Driver has decreased from 51 in 2017 to 47 in 2018
  • The number of fatalities on the Pacific Highway (Hexham to Qld border) decreased by almost half from 15 in 2017 to seven in 2018 reflecting the Government’s investment in duplicating the Pacific Highway
  • The number of fatalities from fatal crashes involving heavy trucks has decreased by 24 (from 75 in 2017 to 51 in 2018)

“Great inroads are being made with a yearlong partnership by industry and Government to turn around the trauma of crashes for heavy vehicles,” Mrs Pavey said. 

The Nationals in government have taken tough action this year to make our roads safer. As part of a record 1.9 billion investment over the next five years, we’ve seen the roll out of wire rope barriers and audio tactile markers on our highways.

“Drug and drink drivers are in our sights with the doubling of mobile drug tests and increasing the deterrents for drink and drug drivers, Mrs Pavey said  

In this years budget we committed to an additional 50 highway patrol officers to help make our country roads safer.

“So if you’re driving on country roads this festive season, be your best self and plan your trips and give the best gift of all to those you love by being there on Christmas Day, Mrs Pavey said.