Western Australia has recorded one of its lowest road death tolls with 163 people killed on WA roads in 2013.
Police and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said that while all road deaths were absolutely tragic, the improved figure was a positive sign.
But she said history showed that we simply could not be complacent.
“The lowest was in 2005 and the following year was a very bad one on the roads, so my message is that we need to remain vigilant about road safety,” the Minister said.
“We must always remember that while we talk about road deaths and serious injuries in terms of numbers, the reality is that these are people who have families who are left to deal with pain and suffering.”
Mrs Harvey said the statistics released today also showed a reduction in the number of critical injuries as a result of a crash.
That figure has dropped from 288 in 2010 to 206 in 2013.
“My new year’s resolution for all West Australians is to look out for yourselves and for friends and family when it comes to getting behind the wheel,” she added.
The Minister also took the opportunity to remind everyone that double demerits remained in force until midnight January 5.
Weekends remained particularly dangerous times with 34.9% of fatal crashes occurring on Saturdays and Sundays
In metropolitan WA, 30% of fatalities were motorcycle riders or passengers. State-wide, 18.5% of fatalities were motorcycle riders or passengers
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