A future where every journey is a safe one

Lives Lost - Annual

Calendar year to midnight 31 December 2018

2017 Lives lost 2018 Lives lost
259 213 (down 17.8%)
Fatalities
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 5 year
average
243 248 252 290 259 258
Gender
Gender 2017 2018 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 69 59 -10 -14% 75
Male 190 154 -36 -19% 183
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Road user
Road user 2017 2018 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 12 7 -5 -42% 9
Driver 130 97 -33 -25% 127
Motorcyclist* 38 38 0 0% 39
Passenger 48 34 -14 -29% 46
Pedestrian 31 37 6 19% 37
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Location
Location 2017 2018 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 102 104 2 2% 114
Rural vic 156 109 -47 -30% 144
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2017 2018 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 2 1 -1 -50% 2
5 to 15 3 8 5 167% 5
16 to 17 5 1 -4 -80% 7
18 to 20 21 12 -9 -43% 19
21 to 25 27 16 -11 -41% 25
26 to 29 15 16 1 7% 20
30 to 39 37 39 2 5% 35
40 to 49 42 20 -22 -52% 38
50 to 59 28 30 2 7% 30
60 to 69 26 27 1 4% 28
70 and over 53 42 -11 -21% 50
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 0
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2017 2018 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 19 21 2 11% 21
Rural roads 156 115 -41 -26% 142
Small towns/hamlets 1 3 2 200% 4
Urban Melbourne** 83 74 -9 -11% 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?