A Call for More Focus on SA Roads

January 31, 2024 10:56 am in by
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South Australia experienced the worst year for vulnerable road user deaths in 25 years in 2023.

Of the 117 lives that were lost on South Australian roads over the year, 50 of were cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists.

That’s the highest combined number of vulnerable road users lost since 1998 (when 52 were killed), and 61% higher than the five-year average (2018-2022) of 31.

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RAA Chief Executive Officer Nick Reade said one of the most important factors of our growing road toll is the mindset of South Australians who share the road each day.

“Typically distraction and inattention are the leading cause of fatal crashes, highlighting the need for drivers, riders and pedestrians alike to be fully focused when they’re sharing the road,” Nick Read said.

Of the overall fatalities in 2023, 15 were in the Hills Fleurieu LGA,13 were in the Murray Mallee and 50 around metropolitan Adelaide.