Fi­nal road toll lower

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE - By PAM ZIERK-MA­HONEY

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.”

PHOTO: Pam Zierk-Ma­honey

FOL­LOW THE RULES: Us­ing a mo­bil­ity de­vice gives many peo­ple a bet­ter life, but it does come with re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Betty McKay is one lo­cal who keeps an eye out for traf­fic.

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