Lives Lost - Rolling 12 Month

12 months to midnight 26 September 2021

2019-2020 Lives lost 2020-2021 Lives lost
221 226 (up 2.3%)
Fatalities (equivalent periods)
2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 5 year
average
280 260 222 262 221 249
Gender
Gender 2019-2020 2020-2021 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 53 61 8 15% 67
Male 168 165 -3 -2% 182
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Road user
Road user 2019-2020 2020-2021 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 13 9 -4 -31% 11
Driver 108 117 9 8% 119
Motorcyclist* 34 39 5 15% 42
Passenger 30 32 2 7% 40
Pedestrian 35 29 -6 -17% 37
Unknown 1 0 -1 -100% 0
Location
Location 2019-2020 2020-2021 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 93 111 18 19% 111
Rural vic 128 115 -13 -10% 138
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2019-2020 2020-2021 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 3 3 0 0% 2
5 to 15 2 3 1 50% 5
16 to 17 2 7 5 250% 4
18 to 20 11 12 1 9% 17
21 to 25 23 23 0 0% 23
26 to 29 27 18 -9 -33% 20
30 to 39 44 30 -14 -32% 38
40 to 49 25 29 4 16% 33
50 to 59 24 29 5 21% 30
60 to 69 29 28 -1 -3% 28
70 and over 31 44 13 42% 47
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2019-2020 2020-2021 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 40 24 -16 -40% 28
Rural roads 106 120 14 13% 130
Small towns/hamlets 0 0 0 0% 3
Urban Melbourne** 75 81 6 8% 88
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 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

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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.