PNG:Worst Road Death Records

Papua New Guinea has one of the worst records of road deaths, for every 10,000 vehicles in the Western Pacific.

And this is expected to get a lot worse as more vehicles are allowed on our roads, without proper regulations and monitoring.


In the last four years, between 2010 and 2013, there was a growth in new vehicles registration, seeing the country averaging 39,780 vehicles a year.


Records also show that between 2010 and 2013, an average of 786 accidents was recorded every year.


The main causes of accidents include excessive speeding, loss of vehicle control, inattention and fatigue, overloading, and drink driving.


Passengers at the back of Ute and trucks are highly represented in accidents, which can be attributed to the lack of seat belts, and insufficient protection.

Chairman of the National Road Safety Council Board, Joe Wemin, announced these statistics, following the restablishment of the board, and the launching of plans to rivatilise proper monitoring and enforcing of road safety laws.

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