Local crash rates drop

DRIVERS and riders who respect the road rules and conditions have helped improve the latest Eurobodalla crash data released by the NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS).

The data has revealed a decline in the total number of crashes in the area, from 234 in 2011 to 211 in 2012.

In 2012, 62 per cent of the drivers/riders involved in crashes lived in the Eurobodalla and 60 per cent were male.

Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor, Lindsay Brown, is sure the crash rates can be reduced even further if road users reduce their speed, be consistently on alert for hazards and drive to the conditions.

“While the latest RMS figures are generally an improvement, they are still alarming with one person killed and 128 injured on Eurobodalla roads during 2012,” Cr Brown said.

The number of crashes involving drivers/riders aged over 60 years has increased while crash numbers involving provisional (P) licence holders have declined.

Crashes involving motorcyclists in 2012, however, were almost double the previous year. In 2011, 13 of these vulnerable road users were injured and in 2012, 25 were injured. Five of the motorcycle crashes occurred on unsealed roads.

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