A future where every journey is a safe one

Lives Lost - Annual

Annual lives lost

Calendar year to midnight 31 December 2016

2015 Lives lost 2016 Lives lost
252 290 (up 15.1%)
Fatalities
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 5 year
average
287 282 243 248 252 262
Gender
Gender 2015 2016 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 73 81 8 11% 77
Male 179 209 30 17% 185
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Road user
Road user 2015 2016 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 10 8 -2 -20% 8
Driver 122 150 28 23% 125
Motorcyclist* 30 56 26 87% 38
Passenger 57 36 -21 -37% 52
Pedestrian 33 40 7 21% 39
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Location
Location 2015 2016 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 115 140 25 22% 117
Rural vic 137 150 13 9% 146
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2015 2016 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 2 3 1 50% 3
5 to 15 3 4 1 33% 7
16 to 17 15 6 -9 -60% 7
18 to 20 25 16 -9 -36% 24
21 to 25 18 28 10 56% 28
26 to 29 24 24 0 0% 18
30 to 39 30 40 10 33% 36
40 to 49 38 53 15 39% 32
50 to 59 28 35 7 25% 31
60 to 69 23 30 7 30% 29
70 and over 46 50 4 9% 47
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 0
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2015 2016 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 18 30 12 67% 22
Rural roads 142 138 -4 -3% 143
Small towns/hamlets 3 5 2 67% 6
Urban Melbourne** 89 117 28 31% 92
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
* includes pillion riders
** Melbourne Statistical Division includes some rural roads
Note: Fatality data is compiled by the TAC from police reports supplied by Victoria Police. Fatality data is revised each day, with the exception of weekends and public holidays. Data is subject to revision as additional information about known accidents is received, and as new accident reports are received and processed.
5 year average rounded to nearest whole number

Why the change from calling it 'Road Toll' to 'Lives Lost'?

The problem with talking about 'road toll' is that it implies that road trauma is an acceptable cost of having roads. A toll is the price we pay for using something - with toll roads, for example, it’s a few dollars.

Road toll wording also has the effect of dehumanising road trauma. By reducing people’s lives to a number, it makes it easier for the community to feel distanced from the issue.  These are not just numbers, they are people - someone’s child, mother, father, sister, brother, friend or colleague.

If we accept this 'road toll' as the price of a rural lifestyle or getting from A to B, another 2,500 people will die in the next 10 years and 50,000 people will be hospitalised with serious and life changing injuries.

The fact is we’re talking about people who have died. Instead of saying, “our road toll stands at 150", let’s say "150 lives lost on Victorian roads”.

The price we pay for using the road shouldn’t be death or serious injury.

Towards Zero

Reducing road trauma is a shared responsibility. TAC is working towards a future free of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

http://www.tac.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/video_file/0010/158149/Towards-Zero-Man-On-The-Street.mp4 http://www.tac.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/image/0020/158150/TACC0578_Video-Thumbnail_380x214_v1.jpg http://www.tac.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/file/0005/158153/TACV196.srt http://www.tac.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/file/0006/158154/TAC-Toward-Zero-Man-On-The-Street-Vision-Impaired-Narrative.mp3

Whats is towards Zero?