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Amid rising road tolls, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) has recently called for an improved and public database “that can shed light on the causes of road deaths”

“We know deaths are continuing to rise, but we have no national data regarding serious injuries, road quality, crash causes, or details regarding the people and cars involved,” said AAA managing Director Michael Bradley.

“It is not enough to know how many people were killed in road crashes – we also need to know how they were killed, and how to prevent these deaths in the future,” Mr. Bradley added.

The AAA’s 2023-24 Budget submission calls for federal road funding to states and territories to be contingent on greater transparency of state-held road crash data so motorists and taxpayers can judge what is going wrong.

Mr Bradley said “It makes no sense for governments to be setting targets on road safety but not releasing relevant data about what is working and, more importantly, what isn’t working.

“Every road death is a tragedy. We must do more to make our roads safer, including by increasing road funding.”

Latest data from the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economic show a 3.9 per cent increase in road

Furthermore, 1,187 people died on the nation’s roads in the 12 months to the end of February – 45 more than in the same period a year ago.

Road deaths increased by 54.5 per cent in the Australian Capital Territory, 36.8 per cent in Tasmania and 19.3 per cent in Western Australia, while the figures dropped in Queensland by one death to 282. Deaths of young children declined by 30 per cent but for pedestrians the figure rose by 23.4 per cent to 158.

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