The AA feels we can pat ourselves on the back in bringing the road toll down, but more needs to be done as we head into the second year of the decade of Action for Road Safety.
This Friday will mark the first anniversary of the United Nations initiative.
AA spokesman Dylan Thomsen says the country has had its lowest annual road toll since 1952, achieved the first fatality free Easter weekend since records have been kept, and last month's 12 fatalities is a record for the lowest number of monthly road deaths.
He says in the next 12 months the AA would like to see more focus on vehicle safety.
"People understanding that when they're buying a vehicle they need to be looking at the safety rating and in any price range there's going to be vehicles that are safer and if you choose those you're going to be much better protected in the event of a crash."
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