We are fairly fortunate in Melbourne, in regards to road accidents and fatalities. For a city of such a large size, the rate of accidents and road deaths is relatively low. In the state of Victoria, in 2014 the annual road toll was 249.
Australia’s road toll fell to its lowest level in almost 70 years in 2014 and the national rate of road deaths per 100,000 people dipped to the lowest level since records began 90 years ago. The total number of road deaths last year was 1155 – down 3.1 per cent from 2013 – marking the lowest road toll since 1945.
The rate of road deaths per 100,000 people declined to 4.87, which was the lowest since at least 1925 when the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics’ (BITRE) figures begin.
A few weeks ago we were woken up up at about 1:30 am by an almighty bang. We went outside to investigate and directly across our house, an accident had taken place. Fortunately nobody was injured severely but a few cars had been damaged greatly. Apparently, a ute at high speed had ploughed into a couple of stationary parked cars, writing off completely a little red hatchback.
The emergency response was almost immediate, and it was suspected the ute driver was driving under the influence of alcohol... Within about an hour and a half, the damaged cars were removed, the road had been cleared and the next morning the only indication of the accident was the crushed kerb.
Moral of the story? Don't drink and drive!
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Oh my goodness.... 1:30 am and the parked cars were destroyed? Drunk as a skunk, I am guessing :(ReplyDelete
A couple of weeks ago a car was coming down my small windy Caulfield street (at 1 am) when a car crossed over the centre and hit a tree on the OTHER side of the road. The 18 year old was so pickled in alcohol, he didn't even realise his car was bent in half :( Along with all our neighbours, we went outside in our PJs to watch in dismay.
Oh my - did they survive?ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/01/pretty-in-purples.html. Until next week... stay safe, dry, warm, and happy~
I agree with you 100% Nick. Don't drink and drive.ReplyDelete
Oh dear - this is grim. But a necessary warning!ReplyDelete
Frightening with such accidents! Happens in a tiny moment of inattention. In fact, we accept thousands and thousands of deaths on the road each year, even if the number is going down.ReplyDelete
Don't drink and drive! Don't phone and drive!