Melbourne, June 1: It has been found that men are 2.6 times more likely to be killed in road accidents than women, with young men being most at risk.
A total of 1291 people died in road crashes across the country, in 2011, 424 fewer than in 2002, according to a report released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.
And of those who were killed in 2011, 283 were men aged between 17 and 25.
Per population per state, rates of death in the age group were almost twice as high as the total average.
Those who aged over 70 were also over-represented.
A total of 932 men were killed on Australia’s roads in 2011, in comparison to 356 women, making them 2.6 times more likely to be killed in a road crash, News.com.au reported.
In 2011, about 39 per cent of fatal crashes occurred between 6pm and 6am, compared to 44 per cent in 2002.
40 per cent of fatal crashes occurred on weekends, which was no different from 10 years ago.
The maximum number of fatal crashes occurred in above 90 km/h speed zones.
The majority of those accidents that involved an articulated truck happened in zones where the speed limit was 100km/h or higher.
But, across the states, NSW, Victoria and Queensland recorded significantly fewer deaths on roads in 2011 than in 2002.
In South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT fewer deaths were recorded over the period. (ANI)