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N/A | National Fatalities increase despite awareness campaigns

Discussion in 'Politics, Laws, Government & Insurance' at netrider.net.au started by gunissan, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. MOTORBIKE riders are being killed on our roads at higher rates than seen in the past 12 months, new data shows.

    Despite extensive road safety campaigns, it appears the message is not getting through with more motorbike riders killed in 2015 than during the same period in 2014.

    The latest quarterly report from the Australian Automobile Association obtained exclusively by News Corp Australia shows motorbike rider deaths have increased 3.2 per cent on the same quarter last year.

    There have been 201 motorcyclists killed on Australian roads in the past 12 months, an increase from 194 in the corresponding period for 2014.

    New data ... More motorbike riders have been killed in 2015 than during the same period in 2014. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

    CEO of the AAA Michael Bradley said the figures were a “stark reminder” of the need to be careful on the road.

    “This is a stark reminder of the need to take care on the roads and be extra vigilant of vulnerable road users such as motorbike riders and cyclists,” Mr Bradley said.

    “It’s important that efforts to improve road safety must focus on improvements in infrastructure and vehicle safety as well as driver behaviour.”

    NSW was the worst state for motorcyclist fatalities with 58 deaths over the past year.

    This is followed by Queensland (47 deaths), Western Australia (36 deaths), Victoria (31 deaths), South Australia (13 deaths), Tasmania (8 deaths), Northern Territory (5 deaths) and the ACT (3 deaths).

    However Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia were the only states where significant increases were seen on 2013-14.

    Those on pushbikes are also at risk, with cyclists categorised in the highest “red” status group according to the AAA.

    However compared to the same quarter last year rates of cyclist deaths have decreased by 44.8 per cent.

    Vulnerable group ... Motorbike rider deaths have increased 3.2 per cent on the same quarter last year. Picture: Thinkstock Source: News Limited

    Car passengers are also a high risk group for deaths, with the number of passenger fatalities increasing by 17.8 per cent over the past year.

    In the past 12 months, 245 deaths on Australian roads have been passengers, compared with 208 deaths over the same period in 2014.

    In total — incorporating driver, passenger, pedestrian, motorcyclist and cyclist deaths — there has been a 1.6 per cent increase in road fatalities in the 12 months to June 2015, compared with a year earlier.

    In the June 2015 quarter 32 more lives were lost on our roads compared to the March, 2015 quarter.

    In the year to June there have been 1178 road deaths nationally, compared to 1159 in 2014.

    There were 310 fatalities in the quarter ending June 2015, an 11.5 per cent increase on the 278 recorded in the quarter ending March 2015.

    South Australia

    South Australia’s road toll continues to worsen with deaths almost at the same high levels they were in 2011.

    In the past year there has been a 27.6 per cent increase in road fatalities compared to the same quarter last year.

    58 deaths ... NSW was the worst state for motorcyclist fatalities. Picture: Gordon McComiskie Source: News Corp Australia

    According to the report there have been 111 deaths in the past 12 months in the state compared to 87 deaths over the same period in 2014.

    New South Wales

    On overall fatalities New South Wales was a particular standout of all the states, continuing its trend of reducing road deaths.

    According to the report NSW reduced road deaths by 6.8 per cent compared to the same time last year.

    Over the past 12 months 314 road deaths were recorded in the state, compared to 337 deaths over the same period in the previous year.

    Analysis shows if every other state was as good as NSW in reducing the road toll there would have been 201 less deaths in the quarter, 68 in Western Australia, 41 in South Australia and 31 in the Northern Territory.


    However the ACT recorded a dismal outlook for road deaths in the latest data.

    The nation’s capital is listed as “red” status meaning it is set to fail it’s National Road Safety Strategy target of reducing road fatalities by 30 per cent by 2020 without major changes.

    The ACT had a whopping 62.5 per cent increase in road fatalities compared to the same period last year.

    Stark reminder ... Roadside tributes like these are a reminder to driver to be careful. Picture: Supplied Source: News Limited

    A total of 13 deaths were recorded in the past 12 months, compared to just 8 in the previous period.


    When it came to overall road fatalities Victoria saw a 1.2 per cent decrease in deaths compared to the same period in the previous year.

    In the past 12 months, Victoria recorded 253 deaths, compared to 256 deaths in the same period in 2014.


    Despite being rated on track to meet the National Road Safety Strategy target of reducing road fatalities by 30 per cent by 2020, Queensland saw an increase in the number of road deaths compared to the same period last year.

    The state recorded a 3.1 per cent increase on the number of deaths a year ago, recording 236 deaths in the past 12 months compared to 229 deaths in the same period in 2014.


    Despite improving from a “red” to an “amber” status, Tasmania still has more work to do to meet the National Road Safety Strategy target of reducing road fatalities by 30 per cent by 2020.

    The state recorded a 10.3 per cent decrease in the number of road fatalities over the past 12 months, with 35 deaths recorded compared to 39 deaths over the same period in 2014.

    Northern Territory

    The Northern Territory recorded a 2.4 per cent decrease in the number of fatalities compared to the same period last year.

    In the past 12 months 41 people died on NT roads, compared to 42 people in the same period in the previous year.

  2. A related piece.

    No Cookies | The Courier-Mail

    MINIMUM learner periods for riders, an extension to zero-alcohol limits, and new mandatory tests and courses would be introduced under sweeping changes to motorcycle laws being considered by the state.

    By July 23, there had been 32 motorcycle-related fatalities in Queensland this year, a 60 per cent increase on the same period last year, according to a discussion paper issued by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

    Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the spike in deaths was unacceptable.

    The State Government is looking at a range of options, including a new minimum learner licence period for motorbike riders, an extension to the restricted licence period, new assessment requirements, and an overhaul of Q-Ride.

    Learners face more stringent requirements to qualify for a licence.

    There is currently no minimum period if riders take a Q-Ride course before taking the practical test. According to the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety — Queensland, the median learner period is 27 days.

    The Government is also considering creating a new mandatory pre-learner off-road course. An extension to the restricted licence period would also involve extending the time riders must adhere to a zero-alcohol limit and no passenger restriction.

    In 2014, there were more than 190,000 registered motorcycles in the state, and more than 16 per cent of the state’s road toll involved motorcycle riders and passengers. Less than 5 per cent of vehicles were motorbikes.

    “We want to ensure novice riders are better prepared for riding on the road and are provided with more opportunities for skill development before moving on to an unrestricted licence,” Mr Bailey said.

    “Off-road practical training and assessment would ensure new riders gained basic riding knowledge and motorcycle-handling skills in a safe environment.”
  3. Sorry mods, just discovered a previous thread.

    Cleanup on aisle three, please. :bag:
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  4. Seems to me like the state laws are suggesting it's all the riders' faults. I don't see how extending L Plater's learning periods or P Plater's for that fact can justify a car, truck or bus running over us when they're to blame.

    Like the ads in NSW that provide super-imposed images of what can happen if a rider does this or that. It demonstrates carelessness on the part of the rider...however, it would have been really helpful if the state government had run ads in conjunction with the bike ads, demonstrating what could happen to motorcyclists if the car, bus or truck drivers did this or that. Those ads really only suggested that the rider is always at fault. I'm sure it won't be long before motorists just pull out in front of riders because they think it is their right (but the ads say it's so!). *grumbles*

    Returning to the topic though, I think perhaps the rise in accident statistics can be due to the fact there is a lot more of us year by year.
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  5. Statistics, I expect a 79.00003% chance that more government regs will be the result with more statisticians also being employed
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  6. So, the increase in motorcycle related fatalities results in calls for increased learner / probationary periods. Really solid logic there! I wonder if pedestrian fatalities have increased as well, and if so - maybe L plates should be introduced for pedestrians.
    Some people just need to do something to justify their existence, but have no idea what to do!
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  7. Before the gov starts wasting money on silly ideas they should spend 500 million on a relevant feasibility study.
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  8. With the rate of car passenger deaths increasing so high perhaps they need more restrictive car passeger laws. Wear Ps; limit on car power and no alcohol for the first 3 years.

    Motorcycle deaths are a relatively low figure so any variation is going to be significant in terms of percentage. looking at quarterly or even annual change is not really meaningful in statistical terms.

    It is obviously meaningful to the individuals and families concerned.
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  9. I think there is a bit of sloppy journalism going on here in that first article...

    The sensational headline is based around two numbers that have been pulled from the report:

    "There have been 201 motorcyclists killed on Australian roads in the past 12 months, an increase from 194 in the corresponding period for 2014."

    But these numbers haven't been normalised for the increase in the number of Motorcycles on the road over this period. The Australian Bureau of Statistics says motorcycle registrations have increased by 3.5% for 2014 to 2015.

    9309.0 - Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 Jan 2015

    So the headline should read:
    "Motorcyclist Deaths remain about the same despite campaigns to improve awareness."
    Not quite as catchy...
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  10. Now why on earth would you allow truth and the correct use of statistics get in the way of a Murdoch press sensationalist puff piece..
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  11. #11 minglis, Jul 30, 2015
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  12. It's not only sloppy journalists it is the Safetycrat industry that basically lie by giving absolute rather than normalised figures. These numbers have no meaning unless given in the perspective of the number of bikes on the road.
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  13. whilst it may not seem to help, the logic is that generational change has to start somewhere...
    teach the kids to do better, and they will be the start of generations of better riders

    like drink-driving and seatbelt use.. people don't change their habits overnight, you have to wait for the stubborn old gits to die :D

    but always questionable as to whether the content taught at the L/P level actually makes any difference after a bit of experience... actual experience, other training course.. and the influence of other riders, is more likely to shape behaviour... but ya never know..

    when you get in a car, if you put on a seatbelt before starting the car.. you're already a product of generational change :)
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  14. From BITRE data


    Not sure where the alarm is coming from ...
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  16. A large proportion of motorcycle fatalities are single vehicle accidents. It seems riders need to take some of the responsibility for their own safety/survival .
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  17. Don't forget the high-vis jackets!
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  18. I'm only relatively new at riding on the roads, but I have noticed that the bike riders that I have come in contact with generally have more respect for the roads and their safety as they know what's at stake. I'm not sure how campaigns are going to help here - especially when it's propaganda such as 'wipe off 5'.

    Admitidally there may be other genre's of riders out there that have a different approach or less care that I haven't had much to do with. So, I'd be interested to know what the types of accidents are, and the contributing factors:

    Is there an increase in multi vehicle fatalities - and who's at false?
    Is there an increase in single rider accidents?
    Is there an increase in unlicensed riders?
    Is there an increase in alcohol or drug related fatalities?

    But I guess that would require real investigative journalism with relevant facts, and I'm not convinced there are many media outlets that seem to be willing to spend the time on such detailed reporting.
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  19. Agree with that, ajrider. Unless there is a proper forensic investigation, and each incident is recorded with all the contributing factors, and then the data properly interpreted, we'll be no wiser about what causes crashes.
    Having said that, Fractalz graph says a lot.
  20. The graph shows that rider fatality count has declined since it's peak in 2008.

    But if you take the snapshot of 2000 and compare it to 2014, there's been virtually no change... yet there are more than twice as many bikes on the road in 2014 compared to 2000 (a 228% increase infact) so the fatality rate has more than halved.
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