Safer roads and vehicles and better driving are factors in the lowest road toll since 1950.
As of Tuesday morning, 254 people have died on the roads this year – 17% fewer than last year.
In the last 60 years the only other year with a road toll below 300 was in 2011.
AA general manager of motoring affairs Mike Noon says 2013 has seen the lowest number of people killed in road crashes since 1950, when the road toll was 232. . . .
Mr Noon says vehicle and road safety are big factors driving down road deaths, while people’s driving habits, and attitudes to road safety have also improved.
The road toll doesn’t record non-fatal injuries and the numbers don’t reflect the impact even one death has on family and friends.
But a lower toll is encouraging.