Since 1923, Australia’s population has grown by over 5 million people, and car ownership has increased three fold. So you’d be forgiven for thinking the number of fatalities on Australian roads has gone up too. However, we’re actually far less likely to suffer a fatal crash today than in 1970 – Click to view our new interactive infographic and discover why.
So who is making our roads safer? Is it the automotive engineers innovating behind the scenes to bring us the latest technologies, or the government, creating legislation to control our dangerous driving? Take a jaunt through technological and legislative automotive history with ComparetheMarket.com.au and decide for yourself.
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Between 1970 and 1980, road fatalities dropped by 50%. During this decade, seatbelt laws and anti-lock brakes were first introduced across Australia – which helped save more lives?
The dreaded speed camera appeared for the first time in 1990, but did this make a bigger impact than Electronic Stability Control (ESC)?
From 2000 to 2014, random drug testing was widely introduced, ESC became mandatory in all vehicles and stricter mobile phone legislation passed. Which should be more highly praised for the continuing decline in road fatalities?
So who is responsible for keeping us safer on the roads: the Australian government, the auto innovators, or someone else entirely? Join the debate by checking out our touring the automotive decades and their respective technological and legislative developments.