Australian Automobile Association concerned about alarming rise in road toll

The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has expressed concern over the 2012 road toll, urging the government to take action in order to prevent further unnecessary deaths in the future.

In a statement released November 9, the AAA released new statistics which highlighted just how bad the past twelve months have been in terms of vehicle related fatalities.

In the period from September 2011 to September 2012, a total of 1,331 people were killed on Australian streets, an increase of 3.3 per cent over the same period a year earlier.

New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, Tasmania and the ACT all saw increases in the amount of people who lost their lives on the road during that period.

AAA executive director Andrew McKellar said that the increase in the amount of road fatalities is shocking when you consider that vehicle safety has been improved in recent years.

"Australia is in danger of falling behind the National Road Safety Strategy target of reducing deaths and serious injuries by 30 per cent by 2020," said Mr McKellar.

"Our analysis shows clear areas of concern across a number of states and road user groups."

Mr McKellar said that "urgent and coordinated action" would be required from the government in order to help the country get back on track and prevent the road toll from rising any further.

If you are a fleet manager in Australia looking to do your part to curb the rising road toll, you may be interested to know that there are simple steps you can take in order to help keep your drivers safe on the road.

Regular fleet maintenance is one way to ensure that vehicles remain in safe and roadworthy condition all year round, helping reduce the chance of mechanical failure leading to an accident.

Driver education is another important step that you can take to ensure safety, and it may be worthwhile reminding your staff to remain cautious and vigilant on the roads during the busy summer holiday period.