Road accidents have long cast a wide shadow over Australian communities.
Since 1989, 48,592 people have been killed in road accidents, and in 2017 alone, 1,225 Australians have died on our roads.
Tragically, almost half of these fatalities are not drivers, with as much as 43% of those represented acting as passengers, cyclists and pedestrians. Further, young people make up a concerning number of overall deaths, with 18 years of age featuring as the most likely age for a road death victim.
But it’s not all bad news.
On average, the risk of death by road injury has decreased almost seven-fold since 1970.
Legislative intervention measures since this time have proven exceedingly successful.
Modern transport staples like mandatory seatbelt wearing, stricter speed limits, and increased consequences/improved detection measures for drug/drink driving have all contributed to making Australian roads a safer place.
Australian road death statistics, tragic as they may be, serve as a strong example of the value of legislative reform, not burdened by fears of progression, rather, fuelled by the pursuit of tangible results.
There are still deaths on our roads but with any hope, public understanding of the trends and patterns concerning road accidents coupled with further research and development into road safety and regulation will see these tragic figures continue to decline into the future.
Statistics sourced from ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-25/every-road-death-in-australia-since-1989/9353794