Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Reduced road deaths in 2017 no cause for complacency

    3/04/2018 1:00 PM
    • 161 people lost their lives on WA roads in 2017
    • WA fatality rate per 100,000 persons the lowest since records began in 1961 

    Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts has warned road users against complacency, after Western Australia recorded the equal lowest number of roads deaths since records began.


    Despite a reduction on the 196 lives lost in 2016, WA still has the second highest road fatality rate per 100,000 people of any State in Australia.


    The 2017 Preliminary summary of fatalities on Western Australian roads, released by the Road Safety Commission today reveals:

    • Speed, alcohol, inattention and fatigue are still a factor in 63 per cent of fatalities;
    • 81 per cent of people killed were male;
    • The most common age group of people killed was between 20 and 29 years old; and
    • Vulnerable road users made up 32 per cent of all fatalities, including 26 motorcyclists, 15 pedestrians and seven cyclists. 

    WA's fatality rate per 100,000 people decreased to 6.2 in 2017, the lowest rate since 1961, but still above the national average of 5.0.


    Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:


    "One death on Western Australian roads is one too many and while I'm encouraged by the reduction in road deaths last year, Western Australia is still above the national average.


    "While some 38 fewer people were killed that is of no comfort to the families of road trauma.


    "Our roads can be a dangerous place, which means we all have to take great care and give our full attention to the task of driving.


    "Drive within the speed limit, drive to the conditions, leave the phone alone and take a break on long journeys.


    "We know some people make mistakes on the road, but I just urge all drivers to reconsider their behaviour behind the wheel and make a commitment to drive so others survive."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900