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Mobiles turn us into wonky walkers

Posted in Traffic
Thursday, 25 February 2016

It’s a familiar sight – somebody walking across the road while stabbing at their mobile phone. Who has not felt a bit frustrated with the pedestrian who is so captivated by their device that they don’t look where they are going?

The fact is more pedestrians died on NSW roads in 2015 than 2014. There were 61 fatalities in 2015, compared to 41 in 2014, and they made up 17.5% of all deaths on the road. Sadly, 17-25 year olds have the second highest risk of death as pedestrians (after older pedestrians, 75 years and over).

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Not so crash hot: NSW road toll

Posted in Traffic
Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Nearly 350 people died on the roads in NSW last year, according to preliminary 2015 traffic crash figures from Centre of Road Safety.

Drinking and driving

  • The number of drivers affected by alcohol in a fatal crash fell 22%, compared to the 2012-14 average.

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New 40kmh zones in Sydney CBD

Posted in Traffic
Monday, 15 February 2016

Regular drivers to the Sydney CBD are being forced to slow down. From April this year, 40 kmh speed limits will apply across a larger zone.

Many people in the CBD are on foot and some take unncessary risks when crossing the roads. In the past 10 years, 12 have died and more than 1,400 have been injured. (In fact, the highest increase in deaths in all of NSW was among pedestrians, up 48.7%, from 41 deaths in 2014 to 61 in 2015.)

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Australians love their SUVs

Posted in Automotive
Wednesday, 10 February 2016

During 2015, more Australians than ever went out to buy themselves a new motor vehicle. They bought 1,155,408 new passenger cars, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and commercial vehicles. This was 3.8% more than in 2014 and it broke the record set in 2013.

SUVs were so popular, sales grew 15.9% and they made up a whopping 35.4% of the market, up from 31.7% in 2014. In fact, Australians bought more SUVs than small cars, even though small cars made up four of the top 10 bestsellers.

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New laws for cyclists

Posted in Driver Courtesy
Thursday, 04 February 2016

More people are riding bikes these days and, without dedicated bike tracks, have to share the roads with motor vehicles. This can be dangerous, as an average of 11 riders are killed and 1,500 seriously injured in NSW every year.

Minimum passing distance

Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay, has introduced Minimum Passing Distance legislation from 1 March 2016 to help make NSW roads safer.

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