I got this Great Wall of Text sent to me, it sounds like it might be important but then again it might just be spam cleverly disguised as a textual structure.
Anyhoo, here it is in it's original format - if anyone wants to selflessly donate some punctuation we'd all appreciate it.
Regardless of the exact causes, the road toll in the NT increased significantly in the two years immediately after its introduction. In 2006, the year before the raft of NT Road Law changes, the toll was 44, and including 2006 the average toll per annum was 49. In 2007 the toll was 57 and in 2008 a 16 year high of 75 deaths was reached. If we average 2007 and 2008 we get an annual toll of 66 which is 34.7% higher than the average for the decade before the road rules were changed. This makes an absolute mockery of Assistant Commissioner Kelly's claim that there were "25% less fatal accidents". Of course, statistics can tell almost any story you want because theoretically maybe there were actually 25% less fatal accidents, this could be entirely true. BUT, if there were multiple people killed in those accidents, then you end up with more fatalities. The truth is, 44 people died on NT roads in 2006, the last year before the introduction of various rules & regulations to reduce the death toll & injuries, and in 2007/08 the road toll increased by, on average, 50% over 2006. Earlier this year the NT Labor Government tried to claim that the speed limits on the previously unrestricted highways was effective in reducing deaths. This is not so, but the government twisted the statistics to paint a rosy picture. The government claimed that as a percentage of overall deaths the deaths on the highways had reduced and was therefore a success. This is simply manipulation of statistics because the "real" numbers paint a completely different picture. On the highways that are now 130kmh limited, in 2006 6 people died, but in both 2007 & 2008 7 people died. This is an increase of only 1 but is nevertheless an increase. The government glossed over the truth by saying that as a percentage of all deaths, deaths on these highways was down. Sure this is true, BUT remember, in those two years the road toll increased significantly. Also, on the highways that are 110 limited, in 2006 8 people died. In years 2007 and 2008, 25 & 15 people died respectively on these roads which is a significant increase of 150%. Again, the Government said that as a percentage of overall deaths that deaths on these roads had decreased. Well, the actual numbers paint a completely different picture. The significant increase in deaths in the 110kmh zones, on face value, paints a picture of fatigue and probably boredom. How else can you possibly explain such a dramatic increase? This totally flies in the face of reduce speed campaigners because if we go slower we are supposedly safe. NT's experiment de-bunks this myth totally. The CLP will repeal the 130 limit please spread the word and print out our new fact sheet and place next to the petitions. We would have had this no evidenced based law overturned if Independent Gerry Woods had not recently sided with the Labor Government. Why not send him an email too at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell him next time to support the CLP after all safety should come before TAX