Roads busier, but safer
The number of road deaths per 100,000 population in NSW has dropped over the past four-and-a-half decades, from 28.9 in 1970 to 4.99 in 2017, with a low of 4.1 in 2014.
Continued government investment and key road safety interventions, such as the compulsory use of seatbelts and the introduction of random breath testing, have had a significant impact on reducing the fatality rate – at the same time as NSW roads have become much busier. In 2017, there were more than 6 million registered motor vehicles in NSW, up from about 4000 motor vehicles in 1910.
- Fatality trends interactive report shows road crash data from 1996 to 2016
- NSW Road Toll-Daily document (PDF 65kB) and the NSW Road Toll-Monthly document (PDF 129kB) have updated information on road deaths
- Reports and publications has road crash analysis documents for download
Fatality rate data sourced from Dr JW Knott - Road traffic accidents in New South Wales, 1881-1991. Australian Economic History Review 1994; 34: 80-116; and NSW Transport authorities.