Road toll lower but more needs to be done

​The latest statistics show a 6.4 per cent decrease in the Australian road toll in the year to 31 December 2018, with 1146 road deaths recorded, but more needs to be done to reach the National Road Safety Strategy target of a 30% reduction by 2020.

In Tasmania in 2018, there were 33 people killed on Tasmania's roads, compared to ​34 in 2017, and there were 280 serious injuries, up from to 269 in 2017.

The Australian Automobile Association's (AAA)​ quarterly Benchmarking of The National Road Safety Strategy report shows that all states and the Northern Territory will miss the targets set down in the strategy that was signed up to by all governments in 2011 - reducing road deaths by at least 30% by 2020.​

RACT participates in many campaigns to raise awareness of s​afety on our roads, including Road Torque, Road Safety Week, Safer Vehicles Save Lives and regular reminders to motorists through our online channels and the media around high-risk crash periods such as holidays and long weekends. We​ also regularly update motorists on hazardous road conditions through our social media channels.​

We encourage all Tasmanians to buy the safest car they can afford, and be aware of the Fatal Five - speed, no seatbelts, alcohol and drugs, fatigue and distraction.​​