By Jeremy Rochow
Published: Thursday, December 5, 2019
For the first time in a decade, South Australia’s road toll for 2019 has reached 100 before the end of November.
In contrast, 69 people had been killed on South Australian roads by the end of November 2018.
The last time South Australia’s road toll exceeded 100 by the end of November was in 2009, when a total of 119 people lost their lives.
This year South Australia has seen an increase in fatalities across most road user types and ages, with some alarming spikes including:
- a 126% increase in road deaths on metropolitan roads;
- a 375% rise in pedestrian fatalities;
- a 59% surge in fatal crashes involving women;
- a 78% spike in motorcyclist deaths; and
- a 143% rise in deaths of road users aged 30-39.
People killed on SA roads by the end of November 2019.
In an effort to reduce the carnage, RAA is calling on the community to take more care on South Australian roads.
RAA Senior Manager Safety and Infrastructure Charles Mountain said all road users needed to play their part to stop the spiralling number of road fatalities.
“We’re urging motorists to consider their behaviour and choices when they get behind the wheel,” Mr Mountain said.
“While RAA continues to advocate for better roads to reduce the likelihood and severity of all crashes, such changes take time.
“We, as drivers and riders can make a difference every time we get on the road by avoiding speeding, distractions and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”
“Motorists and passengers can take simple yet lifesaving steps such as wearing their seatbelts on every journey.”