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ACT 2014 road toll hits double digits

Ten people were killed on ACT roads in the past year, three more than in 2013. 

The 2014 road toll was below the territory's average of 13 deaths a year over the past decade.

A fatal collision on the Monaro Highway involving a motorcycle and truck was among the 10 road fatalities on ACT roads ...
A fatal collision on the Monaro Highway involving a motorcycle and truck was among the 10 road fatalities on ACT roads last year. Photo: Melissa Adams

But police are adamant more needs to be done to keep the figure as low as possible.

The past 12 months have seen some horrific crashes across the territory, including a fatal truck and motorbike collision on the Monaro Highway that police described as "one of the worst collisions we have seen in the last few years".

Acting officer in charge of Traffic Operations, station sergeant Tracey Duck, said police would continue working with the government to improve road safety but Canberrans needed to take responsibility for their own safe driving. 

"Any fatality on our roads is one too many and, as a community, we should always strive to be fatality free," she said.

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"It's also up to individual drivers to make a personal commitment to drive safely so that we can reduce road trauma in the ACT." 

Sergeant Duck said increased driver awareness, road safety campaigns, an expanded Road Safety Operations team and the work of ambulance officers on the scene of crashes had contributed to the below-average toll.

"These 10 fatalities are not just a number; they are lives tragically lost and families devastated," she said.

"For the family and friends, for the survivors left seriously injured, and for the emergency responders, the toll is much higher than a simple number."

The ACT road toll has fluctuated from as low as six to as high as 26 over the past decade. There have been an average of 13 road deaths and 700 injuries a year over that period.

Police say they will be out in force as Canberrans enjoy the rest of the holidays, targeting speeding, drink and drug-driving, ignoring traffic controls, fatigue and use of seatbelts.

Double demerits remain until midnight Sunday, January 4.