Final road toll lower
THE final road toll for 2013 has been confirmed at 242, with no change to the provisional road toll announced on January 1.
The figure represents a 14.2 per cent drop when compared with the 2012 road toll, with 40 less people killed on the roads.
However, the 2014 road toll does not look like being as good with 29 being killed on state roads already this year - up 20.8 per cent.
Males are outnumbering females in these statics 20 to nine and rural fatalities are outnumbering metropolitan stats 17 to 12.
Rural roads have already accounted for 14 of these deaths with urban Melbourne accounting for 11, provincial cities/towns three and small towns one.
The final 2013 road toll results show that:
there were 242 fatalities resulting from 224 fatal collisions;
there were 101 deaths in metropolitan Melbourne, down from 130 in 2012;
there were 141 deaths in country Victoria, up in 2012;
males accounted for the majority of those killed (160 compared with 82 females killed);
young people continue to be over represented in road trauma with 33 aged between 18-24 killed in 2013, or 13.6 per cent of the road toll;
there is a growing trend of older drivers losing their lives on the roads with 32 deaths in the 80 plus age group, representing 13.2 per cent of the road toll;
half of those killed were drivers, a 17.1 per cent drop on 2012;
36 pedestrians were killed, one more than the previous year;
39 motorcyclists were killed, one more than in 2012;
29 people were killed in collisions involving heavy vehicles, a 39.6 per cent drop on the 2012 figure.
Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill said while the results were encouraging, more work needed to be done.
“Now that we’ve been able to confirm last year’s road toll, it’s time to focus on the year ahead,” he said.
“There have been 29 deaths this year already.
“As a community, we need to work together this year and really strive to drive down the road toll even more in 2014.”
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