Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Road Deaths Fatalities Victorian Road Toll 'could drop to under 100 in next decade' Victoria Police. Herald Sun Dec 29th 2013

CHIEF Commissioner Ken Lay believes Victoria's annual road toll could drop to under 100 in the next decade.

(Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay) said it was about eight years ago that the 

Monash University Accident Research Centre Victoria predicted the toll would be in the range of 240 by 2017.

"We got there a bit quicker," Mr Lay said.



Decline in road toll raises hopes to get under 100 deaths



Speed cameras slowing down drivers is one of the reasons behind a decline in road deaths.
Speed cameras slowing down drivers is one of the reasons behind a decline in road deaths. Source: News Limited
CHIEF Commissioner Ken Lay believes Victoria's annual road toll could drop to under 100 in the next decade.
Mr Lay told the Herald Sun he was "bullish" that the steady decline in the toll of recent years would continue.
He said a range of factors gave him confidence the goal was achievable.
Speed cameras slowing down drivers, intelligence-based targeting of dangerous drivers, superior road infrastructure, improved medical intervention and safer vehicles were combining to make the difference.
"We will see that number (the road toll) drop under 100, I would have thought, in the next decade," he said.
Mr Lay, who was once Victoria's top traffic officer, said while the target might seem hard to reach, there was reason to be hopeful.
He said it was about eight years ago that the Monash University Accident Research Centre Victoria predicted the toll would be in the range of 240 by 2017.
"We got there a bit quicker," Mr Lay said.
Victoria's road toll was 346 eight years ago.
This year, with two days left in 2013, 241 people have been killed in smashes, 39 fewer than at the same time last year.
Mr Lay said better driver attitudes had been a part of the significant progress made in recent years.
"This (2013) will be our fifth record low in a row. This year has been a quantum drop," he said.
Transport Accident Commission figures show the toll has decreased markedly in some key areas this year.
The number of victims in the 18 to 20-year age bracket has fallen by 47 per cent - with 14 less deaths for the age group.
A 33 per cent drop has been recorded in the 21 to 25-year age range.
The number of people killed in Melbourne is down by 22 per cent, from 125 to 98.


http://m.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/decline-in-road-toll-raises-hopes-to-get-under-100-deaths/story-fni0fee2-1226791605218

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