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SA posts record low road toll

AAP logoAAP 1/01/2017

South Australia has posted its lowest road roll on record with 87 people killed on the state's roads in 2016, but authorities have warned there is no room for complacency.

The toll was down from 102 in 2015 and also better than the previous low of 94 in 2012.

Road Safety Minister Peter Malinauskas says while the lower figure is welcome it's still sobering to think that 87 lives have been lost and hundreds more changed forever because of road crashes over the past 12 months.

"Road crashes have a devastating impact on families. The pain and emotional impact on victims and their loved ones, particularly at this time of year, is immeasurable, Mr Malinauskas said.

"As a community, let's do what we can to ensure that 2017 is another record low for fatalities on our roads."

As well as the lower toll, preliminary figures show a fall in pedestrian and motorcyclist deaths in the past year and a fall in the number of deaths related to speeding.

But they also reveal that alcohol remains a major issue, with 24 per cent of drivers or riders killed having an illegal blood-alcohol level, above the five-year average of 23 per cent.

Fourteen drivers or riders killed also tested positive to cannabis, methamphetamine or ecstasy, compared to an average of 13 each year from 2011 to 2015.

Motor Accident Commission community engagement manager Matt Hanton said while the cut in the number of deaths was a considerable achievement, there was still much more to be done.

"Too many people are still dying or being seriously injured on our roads in crashes that could've been avoided," he said.

"The saddest part is complacency and poor driver behaviour including speed, failure to wear a seatbelt, drink and drug driving."

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