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Annual Report 2015 Motor Accidents (Compensation) Commission (MACC)



Annual Report 2015 Motor Accidents (Compensation) Commission (MACC)

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Northern Territory Motor Accidents (Compensation) Commission SectionAnnual Report 2015 Page 11 Road safety Overview of road safety in the Northern Territory Over the past 10 years an average of 48 people are killed and 535 seriously injured each year on Territory roads. Our road toll has generally followed the recent Australian downward trend but remains the most dangerous place in Australia to be on the road. In 2014 the Northern Territorys fatality rate was 16.7 people per 100,000 population, compared with the national average of 4.9. There were 39 fatalities in the Northern Territory in the 2014 calendar year, compared with 37 the previous year. Already in first half of 2015, there have been 23 fatalities against 21 in the same period in 2014. Of people killed on NT roads in 2014, an average of around 70 per cent are male, with men under 25 years representing one third of all fatalities. Over half of the deceased are Indigenous, even though Indigenous Territorians make up just 30 per cent of our population. Around 70 per cent of all fatalities are in rural areas and half of all fatal crashes are single vehicle accidents. This outcome is driven by the outer-regional and remote mix of higher speeds, lower safety awareness, long distances and impaired driving. Alcohol and not wearing seatbelts are the most prevalent causes for fatalities. Alcohol and speed are the most common causes of accidents leading to serious injuries. This year eight of the 39 (20.5 per cent) fatalities were pedestrians. Commitment to promoting road safety Changing road user behaviour is the best way to reduce the cost and trauma of road accidents. MACC invests in the promotion of road safety with advocacy and awareness programs in urban, regional and remote areas aimed at two of the most significant road user behaviours that contribute to death and serious injury drink driving and not wearing seatbelts.

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