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Horror road stats laid bare


Tasmania has the highest per-capita road toll of any state over the past 12 months.

A new report by the Australian Automobile Association found the Apple Isle recorded 5.9 road deaths for every 100,000 people in the past year, putting us last out of all the states on a per capita basis. 

“This is a real cause for concern,” RACT’s Chief Member Experience Officer, Stacey Pennicott said.

“With the COVID lockdown and fewer motorists on the road, you would hope that the number of fatalities would decline. However, 2020 is turning out to be one of the worst years on our roads in recent times."

32 people have been killed on our roads this year, two more than at the same time last year. 

“While other jurisdictions have also reported an increase, Tasmania’s figures should be a wakeup call to all of us," she said.

“We welcomed additional road safety funding in the recent Federal Budget and we are calling on the State Government to invest heavily in road safety upgrades in its upcoming State Budget.

“While it is the Government’s responsibility to ensure that we have safe roads it’s up to all of us to play our part. As we head towards summer Tasmanians need to ensure they avoid the fatal five - speed, not wearing seat belts, alcohol and drugs, distraction and fatigue.”

When expanded to include the two territories in those stats, the NT had the worst overall per capita road toll with 13 deaths per 100,000 people.

Victoria had the lowest per capita road toll of 3.3, while the national average is 4.3.