Lives Lost - Rolling 12 Month

12 months to midnight 28 June 2022

2020-2021 Lives lost 2021-2022 Lives lost
201 253 (up 25.9%)
Fatalities (equivalent periods)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 5 year
average
265 240 261 232 201 240
Gender
Gender 2020-2021 2021-2022 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 50 68 18 36% 64
Male 151 185 34 23% 176
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Road user
Road user 2020-2021 2021-2022 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 8 14 6 75% 10
Driver 107 110 3 3% 117
Motorcyclist* 38 45 7 18% 40
Passenger 23 42 19 83% 36
Pedestrian 25 41 16 64% 36
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 0
Location
Location 2020-2021 2021-2022 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 82 116 34 41% 105
Rural vic 119 137 18 15% 135
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2020-2021 2021-2022 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 4 3 -1 -25% 2
5 to 15 2 6 4 200% 4
16 to 17 5 9 4 80% 4
18 to 20 9 23 14 156% 15
21 to 25 23 21 -2 -9% 24
26 to 29 19 18 -1 -5% 19
30 to 39 32 29 -3 -9% 38
40 to 49 24 29 5 21% 31
50 to 59 24 27 3 12% 29
60 to 69 26 36 10 38% 28
70 and over 33 47 14 42% 47
Unknown 0 5 5 500% 0
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2020-2021 2021-2022 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 29 24 -5 -17% 29
Rural roads 114 131 17 15% 128
Small towns/hamlets 0 3 3 300% 2
Urban Melbourne** 58 95 37 64% 81
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

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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.