Lives Lost - Annual

Calendar year to midnight 31 December 2020

2019 Lives lost 2020 Lives lost
266 211 (down 20.7%)
Fatalities
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 5 year
average
252 290 259 213 266 256
Gender
Gender 2019 2020 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 68 52 -16 -24% 70
Male 198 159 -39 -20% 186
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Road user
Road user 2019 2020 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 11 14 3 27% 10
Driver 114 104 -10 -9% 123
Motorcyclist* 44 32 -12 -27% 41
Passenger 47 31 -16 -34% 44
Pedestrian 49 30 -19 -39% 38
Unknown 1 0 -1 -100% 0
Location
Location 2019 2020 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 120 85 -35 -29% 116
Rural vic 146 126 -20 -14% 140
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2019 2020 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 1 3 2 200% 2
5 to 15 6 2 -4 -67% 5
16 to 17 6 4 -2 -33% 7
18 to 20 24 9 -15 -62% 20
21 to 25 26 22 -4 -15% 23
26 to 29 20 22 2 10% 20
30 to 39 33 40 7 21% 36
40 to 49 28 26 -2 -7% 36
50 to 59 30 26 -4 -13% 30
60 to 69 36 21 -15 -42% 28
70 and over 56 36 -20 -36% 49
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2019 2020 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 37 35 -2 -5% 25
Rural roads 133 103 -30 -23% 137
Small towns/hamlets 3 0 -3 -300% 3
Urban Melbourne** 93 72 -21 -23% 91
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.

Towards Zero

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

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Whats is Towards Zero?