Road Safety

The ATSB's road safety activities include undertaking research projects to improve national road safety, research and statistical analysis, coordination of the National Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan, and publication of road fatality statistics.

Road crashes are a huge cause of human trauma. Since record keeping commenced in 1925, there have been over 169,000 road fatalities in Australia. In addition to the burden of personal suffering, the monetary cost of crashes is in the order of $15 billion per annum (1996 data).

From 1970 until 2002 the fatality rate dropped from 30.4 to 8.8 deaths per 100,000 population. This reduction has been achieved in spite of a huge increase in motor vehicle use. From 1970 to 2002, the fatality rate per 10,000 registered vehicles has dropped from 8.0 to 1.4. In terms of 100 million vehicle-kilometres travelled the fatality rate has dropped from 4.4 in 1970 to 1.0 in 2000.