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Hobart's most dangerous accident hotspots revealed


Macquarie Street in Hobart is city’s number one crash hotspot

Macquarie Street in Hobart has knocked Sandy Bay Road in Sandy Bay off its perch as the worst crash hotspot in Hobart, according to new data revealed in AAMI’s Crash Index.

Macquarie Street in Hobart has moved up from fourth place last year to claim the number one spot, while Davey Street Hobart is the second most dangerous stretch of road.

Analysis of almost 240,000 accident insurance claims across the nation in 2014 show the top five crash hotspots in Tasmania were:



1. Macquarie Street


2. Davey Street


3. Brooker Highway


4. Sandy Bay Road

Sandy Bay

5. Main Road


"Each of the hotspots in Hobart that AAMI has identified are main roads leading into the city or connecting to suburban areas," AAMI spokesperson Reuben Aitchison said.

"Many of these areas are busy with a high volume of traffic due to businesses or shopping complexes located along the road. Nearby traffic lights and pedestrian crossings also add to the congestion, with traffic having to stop and start repeatedly."

"Schools are also a contributing factor, particularly for the two worst hotspots in Hobart as they are home to a primary and secondary school and are key zones where school children are dropped off or picked-up, leading to major congestion during school hours."

Mr Aitchison said: "Our advice is simple – if you find yourself driving on one of these accident-prone stretches of road or anywhere in heavy traffic, leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front, concentrate on your driving and expect the unexpected from other road users."

As part of the AAMI Crash Index, AAMI surveyed over 3,700 drivers from across the country, and discovered that almost three quarters (74%) of those who had had experienced a crash in the past five years acknowledged their most recent collision was avoidable.

Almost a third (29%) say distraction or loss of concentration played a part, while a quarter (24%) admit carelessness was a contributing factor to their accident.

Mr Aitchison added: "Driver distraction is not a new problem, and given the increase in technology distraction we have seen in our research, it is concerning, but perhaps not surprising that the proportion of accidents caused by distractions in the car has risen from 7% to 11% in the past year."

"On the other hand we've seen fewer drivers blaming other drivers for their accidents, dropping from 46% to 40% in the past year, and a steady increase over the past three years in drivers admitting their accident was avoidable. This tells us that drivers are starting to accept more responsibility for their driving behaviours and mistakes instead of finger pointing."

Top 10 Contributing Factors

1. Other driver(s)


2. Distraction/Loss of concentration


3. Carelessness


4. Traffic Congestion


5. Bad Weather


6. Impatience


7. Bad roads/infrastructure


8. Speeding


9. Fatigue


10. Alcohol


Interestingly, when asked about what actions would help make Australian roads safer, three quarters (75%) of motorists said tougher penalties for unsafe driving behaviour and mandatory safe driving courses (72%) would go someway towards reducing accidents on our roads.