It seems every workday in Brisbane on the morning radio road reports we hear the line, "a motorcycle and a car have come together", or "an accident involving a car and a motorcycle", or something similar. Then over recent days and last night, there's been a couple more rider fatalities: 3 days ago at Jimboomba, southwest of Brisbane, a 64-year-old riding a Harley-Davidson was killed as he turned into a wide, sweeping driveway when he was struck from behind by a Toyota Camry towing a trailer A 43 year old rider died last night when he reportedly clipped a car while traveling at 170 kph on the Pacific Motorway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast . I've looked up the Transport & Main Roads road toll figures. Here's how Qld is fairing for 2010 so far: Motorcycle and pillion fatalities: 2005 33, 2006 29, 2007 40, 2008, 40, 2009 46, 2010 up to 25th July = 27. EDIT NOTE: These are for first 7 months only of each year. Please see corrected figures for 2005-2009 in post below. These 27 deaths to-date projected equates to 47 by year end - as bad as last year and possibly the worst result for years. For all road users Australia-wide during the 12 months 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010, there were 1,431 road fatalities within Australia, which is 102 fatalities (or 6.7%) fewer than the same period for the previous year. The following are the state figures and percentage differences with 2008/09: VIC: 5.48 +3.6% ACT: 5.64 +51.1% QLD: 6.04 -24.9% NSW: 6.34 +3.6% SA: 7.22 -9.0% WA: 8.19 -9.9% NT: 15.37 -38.9% Australia Total: 6.46 -8.5% The Australian road fatalities per 100 million Vehicle Kilometres Travelled (VKT) have been steadily decreasing over the last 10 years: from 0.91 in 2001 to 0.65 in 2009. State by state: ACT: 0.35 VIC: 0.48 QLD: 0.66 NSW: 0.69 WA: 0.73 SA: 0.79 TAS: 1.22 NT: 1.59 Australia: 0.65 A quick simplistic review of the above tells me that overall in Australia, the trend is improvement. My guess is that this is mostly due to vehicle technology improving occupant safety. For Qld alone we are doing better overall. However for motorcycle fatalities in QLD, we look likely to have an end of 2010 figure as bad as 2009. In fact from the 29-33 numbers of 4/5 years ago to mid-40s is a 50% increase. Is it any wonder the "authorities" are looking closely at us?