The NSW Centre for Road Safety reports there have been six fewer deaths on our roads so far this year compared to 2016.
The state body reports 11 people have lost their lives in car and motorbike accidents, compared to 17 over the same timeframe last year.
"Of the 11 fatalities, five people were drivers, one was a passenger, three were motorcyclists and two were pedestrians," a statement from the Centre says.
"One person was aged under 17 years old, three people were aged 17-25, five people were aged 40-59 and two people were aged 60+."
"7 fatalities, or 64%, involved excessive or inappropriate speed. Nil involved fatigue and at least one involved illegal alcohol."
While figures from the first half of the year also indicate the number of serious injuries in road accidents will be fewer than last year - there were 113 people injured between January and July, down 49 from the first 6 months of 2016.
RESPONSE FROM CENTRE FOR ROAD SAFETY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BERNARD CARLON:
People need to remember that every time they get behind the wheel they are responsible not only for their own lives but the lives of every motorist, cyclist or pedestrian they come into contact with.
Speed, fatigue, drink driving and people not wearing seatbelts remain the four biggest killers on our roads.
In Regional NSW, the fatality rate is four times higher than in metropolitan areas, with speed and fatigue being key issues.
Road safety is a shared responsibility and we all have a part to play in preventing deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
If you choose not to follow the speed limit you put yourself and everyone else on the road at risk. Slow down!
If you’re too tired to drive, stop and have a nap, don’t push on. Your friends and family would rather you arrive home late than never arrive home at all.
If you’ve had too much to drink, don’t get behind the wheel.
And of course, always wear a seatbelt – it could save your life.
We don’t want to see any tragedies that will ruin your holidays.
Please follow these top tips to avoid driving tired:
- Get a good nights’ sleep
- Avoid driving after midnight
- Plan to take regular rest breaks
- Pull over for a break in a safe place
- Arrange to share the driving
- Take a nap, 20 minutes works best