Roads second most dangerous


Story appeared in: Review | April 11th, 2018



CUMBERLAND roads were ranked as the second most dangerous across the state, behind the Canterbury Bankstown, for the number of casualties from road crashes in 2016.
A motorcyclist killed in a collision with a car in Auburn last month, was the latest tragic local addition to the State's rising road toll which is already up 20 per cent on 2017.
Paramedics were unable to save the 30-year-old man who suffered serious head, chest and limb injuries following an accident in Rickard Street.
Mayor Greg Cummings said statistics from the NSW Centre for Road Safety also showed that between 2012 and 2016, there were 27 fatal crashes in the LGA and 3,772 crashes involving injury.
He said according to experts, the main contributing behavioural factors were speeding (42 per cent); illicit drugs use (19 per cent); tired drivers and riders (18 per cent); drink-driving (15 per cent); and seatbelt non-usage (12 per cent).
"Cumberland Council is committed to reducing these horrifying statistics," he said.
"A moment's inattention, a one-off case of speeding, fatigue or not realising you're over the limit could result in a lifetime of regrets – or no life at all."
Minister for Roads, Melinda Pavey, said Western Sydney drivers aged under 25 years, were up to four-and-a-half times more likely to be involved in casualty crashes, and up to five times more likely to be involved in crashes resulting in serious injury or fatality.
Last month she announced a six-month trial of telematics, which is like a 'black box' for cars, for up to 1,000 drivers aged under 25, with participants receiving $100 via the NSW Green Slip scheme.
The scheme will start in the second half of the year and young drivers who hold P1, P2 or unrestricted licences, can pre-register at sira.nsw.gov.au.



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Publication: Review | Section: news | Author: Kim Palmer | Story ID: 136026 | Viewcount: 471

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