22 May 2011

Road toll low in first five months of the year

4:05 pm on 22 May 2011

The road toll appears to be on track to be one of the lowest in almost 60 years.

So far this year 107 people have died on the roads - more than 60 fewer than were recorded the same time in the past two years.

Drivers aged from 15 to 24-years-old and 40 to 59-years-old account for about 60% of the road fatalities.

If there's a continuation of recent trends, the end of year toll could be around the 300 mark.

In the past five years the average number of road deaths has been 388; the record high from 1973 is 843.

The last time there were fewer than 300 roads deaths was 1952, when 272 were recorded.

The Government had previously set an annual target to reduce the toll to 300 by 2010 but has not set a goal for this decade.