Road deaths in Northern Ireland have fallen to their lowest level since records began.
The 48 fatalities last year compared to the peak of 372 in 1972.
The trend has been steadily downward in the last four decades, with the annual total dropping below 100 for the first time in 2010.
In 1931, the first year statistics were recorded, 114 people died in road crashes.
In the last 80 years, 14,570 people have lost their lives, with around 75,000 suffering serious injury.
Stormont environment minister Alex Attwood said the ultimate goal should be zero deaths.
He said: "2012 has been an important milestone for road safety in Northern Ireland, but there are still 48 families who have lost a family member over the last 52 weeks.
"I extend sympathy to those families and friends who lost loved ones through road tragedy.
"The main causes of collisions continue to be speeding, drink-driving and driver, rider and pedestrian carelessness."
Mr Attwood attributed the decrease in overall deaths to more responsible driving, the life-saving work of doctors and emergency services, better roads and stronger awareness campaigns.