When it comes to road traffic fatalities, the statistics don’t lie.
In the first 10 months of the year, more people were killed in NSW than in any other state in Australia.
But when it comes time to assess the numbers, it’s the people that die on the roads that do it most damage.
The average death toll for the first 12 months of 2018 was 765, with an average of 685 fatalities.
This compares to the 8,813 deaths for the same period last year.
That’s a 3.4 per cent increase.
The state with the biggest increase was Western Australia with an increase of 4,976 deaths.
The figures for NSW also show a trend of increasing fatalities over time.
For the first nine months of 2017, there were 1,847 fatalities.
That was an increase from 1,539 the year before.
The most recent figures for the 12 months ending March 2018 showed there were 2,921 fatalities.
There are a number of factors that contribute to the increase.
In most cases, people are travelling slower because of the weather, especially in summer.
On some routes, the roads are clogged with vehicles.
And people are driving recklessly because of distracted driving.
The increase is particularly noticeable in the south-east, where the number of accidents has increased by 13 per cent in the past year.
There has also been a big increase in motor vehicle crashes.
The NSW Roads and Maritime Services says there have been almost 3,000 motor vehicle collisions in the last year, compared to about 1,000 in the year ending March 2019.
But the numbers are still far lower than they were in previous years.
A major factor that may have contributed to the change is the introduction of new road rules and congestion management.
NSW Road Safety Transport NSW says road safety is an important factor in the state’s overall road safety record.
The road safety minister said the increase in road deaths is a good sign that the Government is listening to the concerns of drivers.
“The road safety program in NSW is delivering results and reducing the number and severity of fatalities and serious injuries,” Mr McColl said.
“We are also increasing the funding for road safety in order to reduce congestion and increase the safety of our road users.”
NSW Roads Transport Minister Darren Chester says the government is working hard to make road safety safer.
He says that with the changes in the new regulations, there is more emphasis on traffic management and that the State Government is working closely with the NSW Police.
“In NSW we are the only state where traffic control zones are required to have a traffic signal at the end of each red light,” he said.
“We are implementing the new speed limit to 15km/h, which is the maximum speed in NSW, but the NSW Government has been working closely over the past few months to implement a speed limit of 15km a hour, which will also reduce the number crashes.”
The Minister says the state is looking at introducing new rules to reduce road deaths.
“At the moment we have a national network of 40,000 road safety monitors, so we have very good information about where we are at and what we need to do to improve safety in our roads,” he says.
He said the State Road Safety Authority is also looking at making it easier for motorists to get around congested roads.
“Our road safety network is also able to identify vehicles that are moving in a manner that could affect road safety and get the driver to stop,” he explains.