Redneck Driving Wonderland

Meet the one place in Australia more dangerous to drive in than a third-world country: The Northern Territory.

FACT: The Northern Territory is a road safety disgrace.

Per capita, you're more than four times as likely to die driving in the NT (Australia's least populated territory) than in NSW (Australia's most populated state).

  • Fact: Deaths per 100,000 population in 2012, NSW: 5.05

  • Fact: Deaths per 100,000 in 2012, NT: 21.3

NSW Vs NT - who's killing who, per capita on Australian roads

NSW Vs NT - who's killing who, per capita on Australian roads

 

FACT: The Northern Territory is a more dangerous place to drive than many third-world countries

Deaths per 100,000 population

Northern Territory: 21.3

How many second- and third-world countries can you fit between the NT and NSW in the road-death world tour? Too many to count, if you're one of the Territorians contributing to the problem... (NT in blue at top; NSW in blue near bottom)

How many second- and third-world countries can you fit between the NT and NSW in the road-death world tour? Too many to count, if you're one of the Territorians contributing to the problem... (NT in blue at top; NSW in blue near bottom)

  • DR of the Congo: 20.9
  • Botswana: 20.8
  • China: 20.5
  • Laos: 20.4
  • Cameroon: 20.1
  • Rwanda: 19.9
  • Afghanistan: 19.8
  • Guinea: 19.6
  • Malawi: 19.5
  • Senegal: 19.5
  • Bolivia: 19.2
  • Kyrgystan: 19.2
  • Liberia: 19.0
  • India: 18.9
  • Nicaragua: 18.8
  • Tunisia: 18.8
  • Russia: 18.6
  • Turkmenistan: 18.6
  • Mozambique: 18.5
  • Armenia: 18.1
  • Tajikistan: 18.1
  • Morocco: 18.0
  • Mongolia: 17.8
  • Indonesia: 17.7
  • Ethiopia: 17.6
  • Pakistan: 17.4
  • Cambodia: 17.2
  • Kuwait: 16.5
  • Belize: 16.4
  • Georgia: 15.7
  • Bosnia: 15.6
  • Columbia: 15.6
  • Mexico: 14.7
  • Zimbabwe: 14.6
  • Albania: 12.7
  • Uzbekistan: 11.3

NSW: 5.05

  • United Kingdom: 2.75

Source: Wikipedia.

Download the graph above


FACT: NT drunk driving is prolific

According to official NT Government data (download link above) over a 10-year statistical average from2002-2011 inclusive:

50.0 per cent of NT fatalities were alcohol related

NSW result for 2012: 15.1 per cent. (Alcohol involved: 56 / total deaths: 369.)

NT alcohol related road deaths: 50% (in red)

NT alcohol related road deaths: 50% (in red)

NSW alcohol related road deaths: 15.1 per cent (in red)

NSW alcohol related road deaths: 15.1 per cent (in red)

Conclusion: Drink driving in the NT is out of control


FACT: NT seatbelt compliance is pathetic

According to official NT Government data (download link above) over a 10-year statistical average from2002-2011 inclusive:

51 per cent of the NT vehicle occupants killed were not wearing a seatbelt

NSW result for 2012: 11.4 per cent. (Unrestrained: 42 / total deaths: 369.)

NT 'no seatbelt' road deaths: 51 per cent (in red)

NT 'no seatbelt' road deaths: 51 per cent (in red)

NSW 'no seatbelt' road deaths: 11.4 per cent (in red)

NSW 'no seatbelt' road deaths: 11.4 per cent (in red)

Conclusion: The NT has third-world levels of seatbelt compliance


What's Really Killing Territorians?

Take a look at the official NT Government graph of contributing factors to road death by type and see why road death is out of control in the NT - cue the banjo

Source: NT Government

Source: NT Government

What I said on Sunrise on Jan 24

And my oh my didn't the trolls come out to play...


 

"The NT's a little bit like the wild, wild west. One of your neighbours is likely to be Jethro or Cletus and when he's not playing the banjo he might be driving drunk or unrestrained. So the cops in the NT just need to try harder zealously to prosecute people who think it's okay to drive drunk or unrestrained," - John Cadogan, Sunrise, 24 January 2014

 

Let me spell it out for those of you ignorant jerks who hide behind anonymity on social media and don't appreciate the term 'metaphor' because of its great many syllables:

"The wild, wild west..."

A region characterised by lawlessness, or at least disregard for the law. Last time I looked, it was against the law to drive drunk and/or unrestrained. The NT is a region charaterised by a relatively high disregard for these important safety laws. Hence: the wild, wild west. What I would have preferred to say, and what would have been more accurate, though not as kind or diplomatic, was 'the NT is worse than plenty of third-world sh#%hole nations when measured objectively and robustly on road safety criteria, mainly because of the idiotic choices made by too many Territorians'.

"One of your neighbours is likely to be Jethro or Cletus [with reference to banjo]..."

This was meant to imply: In the NT, you are statistically about four times more likely to share the road with an ignorant moron who puts not only his/her own life at risk, but also all others around him/her. (By making that choice to drive drunk and/or unrestrained, etc.) So I think those people got off pretty lightly as well.

"The cops needing zealously to try harder..."

They do. Unless you're happy for the NT to enjoy a worse track record on road death than plenty of second and third-world nations.

An Apology to Responsible NT Drivers:

If you are a responsible NT driver and you were offended by what I said, or by what you thought I said, or by what you thought I meant, then please accept my apologies. I have no desire to offend you. What I meant is above. And if there was a misunderstanding in relation to that, then I hope this clarifies and is sufficient. I did not mean to cause you great offence. I have been to the NT more than a dozen times and always enjoyed its stark beauty. I've driven the full length of the Stuart Highway three times, and sections of it many times.

However, if you're one of those jerks who's just not happy unless you're outraged over something inconsequential, then I'm certainly not sorry. In fact I'm glad I was able to facilitate what you were looking for (outrage).

However, part two, and this is an important caveat, if you are a Territorian redneck hillbilly banjo-playing knucklehead scumbag goose who, perhaps because of inbreeding, toxic waste in the drinking water, or merely being born with an IQ below the room temperature in Darwin in degrees C, or all three of those factors in tragic confluence, thinks it's okay to drive drunk, unrestrained, or engage in any of the other textbook dangerous practises that place lives at risk (like unlicensed driving or unregistered vehicle, driving impaired or drug-affected, too fast, with too many people in the vehicle, or the vehicle is in an unsafe condition) - then I believe the evidence is incontrovertible that you are an embarrassment to the rest of our reasonably highly developed nation, and I meant everything I said about you, and more, which I was precluded from saying due to the constraints of time and broadcasting standards. Road trauma costs Australia more than $27 billion annually, along with untold personal suffering, and if you are a part of this problem because of the choices you make, then you are categorically a disgraceful waste of space, and I would prefer to see you taken out the back and dealt with, Kim Jong-un style, than have a puerile debate with you on social media. Is that clear enough, Jethro?

Sincerely,

John Cadogan