Data shows that Millthorpe Road is the most dangerous in the Blayney shire

WIDESPREAD CONCERN: The red dots indicate fatalities, dark blue serious injury, light blue moderate and brown are minor. Graphic: Transport for NSW.
WIDESPREAD CONCERN: The red dots indicate fatalities, dark blue serious injury, light blue moderate and brown are minor. Graphic: Transport for NSW.

Millthorpe Road is the deadliest road in the Blayney LGA, according to the latest NSW government crash data.

Transport for NSW figures compiled by the Centre for Road Safety show that a majority of fatal crashes in 2019 in the Orange area - incorporating the Orange, Cabonne and Blayney Local Government Areas - occurred on the Mitchell Highway between Bathurst and Dubbo.

There were two fatal crashes in the Blayney LGA in 2019, one on the Mid-Western Highway and the other on the Barry Road.

There were three fatal crashes east and west of Orange along the Mitchell Highway throughout 2019.

A deadly crash north of Blayney occurred near Vittoria, while there were two others west of Orange along the highway towards Wellington.

Data spread across five years show the locations of all accidents in the Blayney shire where occupants were either killed, seriously injured, moderately injured or received a minor injury.

Hotspots include the Millthorpe Road, Hobby's Yards Road and Newbridge Road.

in 2017 there was one death on the Millthorpe Road, in 2018 there was another on Millthorpe Road and on Adelaide Street.

There were no fatalities in 2015 or 2016.

Before you get behind the wheel, stop and think about what you can do to make sure you arrive at your destination safely.

Minister for regional roads, Paul Toole

The Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF), which has launched Rural Road Safety Month this September, released its annual report at the same time.

The annual review showed that two of every three fatal accidents in NSW occur in regional and rural areas, with just one in metropolitan areas, despite vastly higher population in the state's cities.

About 93 per cent of residents of NSW use high-risk rural roads at least once a year, the research shows, with 47 per cent using the riskiest roads at least once a week.

ARSF Founder and CEO Russell White said the research helped to explain the high disparity between the number of road deaths occurring on regional NSW roads compared to urban areas.

"We now have strong evidence that when it comes to preventing road trauma in regional areas, drivers from across greater Sydney and built up areas carry an equal responsibility to local residents," he said.

ISSUE: Insets, ARSF CEO Russell White and minister for regional roads Paul Toole and an accident on the Mitchell Highway. Photo: TNV/TROY PEARSON

ISSUE: Insets, ARSF CEO Russell White and minister for regional roads Paul Toole and an accident on the Mitchell Highway. Photo: TNV/TROY PEARSON

About 40 per cent of drivers report behaving more riskily on remote roads out of a belief they won't be caught by the police, he said.

So far this year, 184 people have died on NSW roads - 127 of those on country roads.

As part of Rural Road Safety month, the NSW government has released a video showing the tragic impacts of a horror crash that killed two young people north of Dubbo in 2018.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said he hoped the video would show that decisions people make behind the wheel can have fatal consequences, for themselves and those close to them.

"Before you get behind the wheel, stop and think about what you can do to make sure you arrive at your destination safely," he said.