Road deaths fall in NSW

THE number of people dying on New South Wales roads has fallen 4.3% since 2002, new figures released on Friday reveal.

The decline in road deaths in NSW was only eclipsed by South Australia, which fell 4.5% over the same period.

Figures released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics show road deaths across the nation fell 2.7% in the past 10 years.

While the number of road deaths in Queensland increased by 8% between 2010 and 2011, the trend has declined by 1.7% since 2002.

Young people between 12 and 25 years old remain the most likely category to die in road crashes, but this category had the steepest decline since 2002.

Over the last decade, national annual fatalities fell by 25%, fatalities per capita fell by 35%, and counts of fatal crashes fell by 24%.



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