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Date posted: 31 January 2014
Medical groups are calling on the Northern Territory (NT) Government to abandon its trial of open speed on the Stuart Highway.
With the NT due to trial an open speed on the Stuart Highway starting this Saturday, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians, The Australian Medical Association NT Branch, The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons have joined forces calling for the trial to be scrapped.
Dr Christine Connors, Chair of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians NT Committee, says the trial will take a deadly toll. 'There is no question that this trial will place the lives of Territorian road users at greater risk,' she said.
The NT tragically has the highest proportion of road deaths per 100,000 population in any state or territory since 1975. Many of these deaths can be attributed to speed. In 2012, 39 per cent of all NT road fatalities and serious injuries were a result of speed. In 2012, road accidents in the Territory accounted for 20 deaths per 100,000 population. This is more than four times the rate of NSW, VIC, ACT and SA.
Source: Crikey Independent Media