2013's road fatalities make for a tragic start

The latest Benchmarking the Performance of the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) report, conducted by the Australian Automobile Association, reveals that the number of Australians being killed on our roads has increased since 2012.

A disturbing 317 fatalities have occurred during the first three months of this year. That's up on 305 fatalities for the same period last year, or an increase of 3.9 per cent.

This is despite the fact that the government's National Road Safety Strategy has been in place for almost a year now.

"This is a tragic start to the year," said AAA executive director Andrew McKellar in a May 3 statement.

He believes even more must be done to improve the safety of Australia's road users, and that Australians deserve better roads.

Since this time last year, 1,320 people have died in road accidents. Based on the data they have collected, the NRSS has predicted that there will be approximately 1,300 road fatalities in 2020.

However, the National Road Safety Strategy is aiming to get this number down to 998.

"Australia is not on track to reach its target to reduce deaths, meaning urgent and coordinated action is required from governments," said Mr McKellar.

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