Concerns as road toll rises

South Australia's road toll is a concern as numbers continue to rise.
South Australia's road toll is a concern as numbers continue to rise.

Over the past 12 months South Australia's road toll has continued to rise dramatically compared to other states and territories.

According to the Road Safety Benchmarking Report, by the Australian Automobile Association, the number of fatalities in the State rose by 27.4 per cent to September 2019.

RAA senior manager of safety Charles Mountain said the report showed that Victoria was the only other state to register an increase (19.6pc) while nationally the road toll had decreased by 1.3pc.

"The 2018 state road toll of 80 people was a record low, but more crash victims have died this year already and reversed this positive trend, devastating the lives of many families," Mr Mountain said.

"We all have a role in reducing road fatalities and we urge motorists to consider their behaviour and choices when they get behind the wheel.

"With only two months left in 2019, we all need to play our part to stop the spiralling number of fatalities on our roads."

Mr Mountain said the organisation was also pleading with the Federal Government to adopt the recommendations of the 2018 National Road Safety Strategy Inquiry.

"We welcome the Federal Government's creation of a national Office of Road Safety, but we need real financial commitments, including $3 billion a year towards a national road safety fund," he said.

SA Police continues to attempt to halt the rising road death toll through advertising campaigns and blitzes on road users.

The latest campaign highlights motorcycle safety and the need for riders to be aware of their surroundings and taking care to return home from a journey.

The current campaign was commissioned because the result that 12.5pc of last year's road death toll were motorcyclists.

State Police Minister Corey Wingard said the campaign was hard-hitting and should make an impression on motorcycle riders.

"We as a Government needed to look at better ways of tackling road safety," he said.

"SAPOL is in a unique position when it comes to road safety issues as they see first-hand the trauma that can occur on our roads.

"I applaud SAPOL for this powerful campaign and I'm hopeful it will resonate with all those who see it."

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