Long-term road toll trending down

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TASMANIA'S long-term road toll is trending downwards, although this year's toll is higher than at the same time last year.

The provisional road toll is 17 almost halfway through 2014, compared with 13 at this time last year.

There were two deaths on Sunday alone.

The 10-year road toll average is 43, while the five-year average is 37.

Last year, 36 people died on Tasmanian roads, the most since 2009 when the road toll was 63.

RACT chief executive Harvey Lennon said every death was sad.

"Any death is one too many," he said.

"We all just need to continue to remain focused on the task of driving.

"Mobile phone use and distraction in vehicles is continuing to be a concern for a wide cross-section of drivers."

Mr Lennon said people needed to ensure their cars were in good condition and they drove the best vehicles they could afford.

"There have been design improvements in vehicle technology," he said.

"We have also seen a reduction in younger drivers being involved in serious injury crashes over recent years.

"I think the licensing system probably has played an important part in improving the driving skills of young people.

"We want to see that effort continued."

The RACT will continue to call on the state government to improve stretches of road that are proven traffic "black spots" and to upgrade roads that carry high volumes of traffic.

Email: ctang@examiner.com.au

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