The provisional road toll for 2012 showed that sadly 370 people died on NSW roads, an increase of six from 2011 (or a 2 percent increase). This is the second lowest road toll since 1932, despite an increase on 2011 road toll of 364.
The main increases from the provisional road toll for 2012 were among motorcyclists, passengers and pedestrians.
- Motorcycle user deaths were up by 18 per cent to 60, compared with 51 in 2011 (an increase of nine),
- Passenger deaths were up by 11 percent to 81, compared with 73 in 2011 (an increase of seven), and
- Pedestrian deaths were up by 10 percent to 54, compared with 49 in 2011 (an increase of five).
The Centre for Road Safety during 2013 will work with stakeholders and the community to further target road safety efforts for these road user groups to ensure their safety on the road network.
In 2011 the NSW Road toll was 364 with a further 26,366 persons injured. It is estimated that of these injuries, 6,855 were seriously injured where the person was admitted to hospital.
The Centre for Road Safety has commissioned the Transport and Road Safety Research group to investigate links between NSW crash data, Hospital and Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages data to match serious injuries.
It is estimated around 26 per cent of all injuries are serious injuries. This will then allow for case study analysis of specific road safety issues and the development of measures to address these.