How the coronavirus lockdown has affected the road toll

published 31.07.2020 16:00

One in four drivers admitted to taking more risks on the road amid decreased traffic volumes, according to an Australian Road Safety Foundation survey 1005 drivers in April.

“The reduction in traffic due to the COVID-19 pandemic is almost certainly responsible for putting a small dent in Australia’s road toll,” Mr Bradley said.

Michael Bradley, managing director for the Australian Automobile Association which composed the crash data, said a reduction in the road toll was “an aberration resulting from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on road use and travel volumes”.

Coronavirus lockdowns and travel restrictions have reduced the nation’s road toll, which claimed 246 lives in the quarter ending June 2020.

Accident data shows 48 cyclists were killed in the 12 months to June, with the number of cyclists dying on our roads doubling in the last three years.

by David McCowen from

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