LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Two thirds of road deaths are on regional roads

Regional and metro drivers must change their driving behaviour on rural roads. Despite being just 16.5 per cent of our national population, regional road deaths account for a staggering two in every three nationally. Statistically, we know that one in three of us is more likely to break a road rule when we’re out driving in country areas. Drivers take more risks then because they’re less likely to get caught. We’ll continue to see this loss of life on regional roads until we make a mental shift to drive safely. Regional drivers are more likely to engage in dangerous behaviour, including drug-driving, driving fatigued, not wearing a seatbelt and speeding.

RUSSELL WHITE

Australian Road Safety Foundation

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