Seventy-four lives were lost on Hunter roads in the 12 months to January, NSW Centre for Road Safety data shows.
This was a 22 per cent rise on the average of 60.7 lives lost each year from 2015 to 2017.
In January alone, 10 lives were lost on Hunter roads – the same figure as last year.
The Herald reported last week that a 36-year-old woman died after a car and truck collided at Denman.
Additionally, a 17-year-old girl died last Monday while walking to a bus stop near her home at Brandy Hill.
A 42-year-old neighbour driving a Toyota Prado allegedly hit the Hunter School of the Performing Arts student on a country road near her home.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced new road safety measures last week to tackle speeding, drug and drink driving, driver distraction, fatigue and truck safety.
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“Every 41 minutes in NSW someone is either killed or seriously injured on our roads,” Ms Berejiklian said