Road toll drops by half


Dedicated road policing by police has seen road related fatalities drop by more than 50% compared to this time last year, according to a police media release.
Assistant Commissioner Narelle Beer is quoted the significant reduction was a result of great work achieved by all members focussing on road safety: “We can expect to see further results with the implementation of the Territory Relief Pool contributing to our road safety policing.”
Meanwhile police are investigating a robbery overnight.
Just before 1am a woman was sitting at the bottom of the stairs between the two car parks on top of Anzac Hill when it is alleged she was approached by a group of about five youth who demanded cigarettes.
It is alleged the youth became aggressive towards the woman, who handed over a sum of cash before one of the youth shoved her causing her to fall to the ground.
The group left the area and the woman notified police, according to the media release.


  1. It takes no more than two minutes reviewing road toll data on to identify that the numbers in the NT are hugely sporadic. This is cherry picking of data in the extreme.

  2. Like InterestedDarwinObserver, I think Assistant Commissioner Beer’s claim is a somewhat questionable one.
    Given that the majority of NT road deaths are normally the result of single vehicle roll-overs on remote roads, it is questionable whether more intensive traffic policing in Alice would necessarily produce this good result as claimed.
    We would need a much bigger sample and more details of the individual accidents to really get an idea about what is actually going on here.

  3. Why would any sane person be at ANZAC Hill at 1am?! Have they not heard of the constant increasing crime rate of Alice Springs?!

  4. In a period of less than 3 weeks, the statement made in regards to the road toll has proven to be cherry picking in the extreme.
    The death toll for the first four months on NT Roads is now 11 versus 18 during the same period of 2018. 2018 is an outlier. In 2011 the same four month period was four deaths. Again, an outlier.
    The fact is, the current first four months of the year in 2019 of 11 deaths is actually marginally higher than the average of 10.7 road toll deaths for this period between the years of 2011 and 2019.
    Claiming successful policing outcomes in reducing the road toll is disingenuous towards what is such an important and devastating community issue.


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