Lives Lost - Annual

Calendar year to midnight 31 December 2022

2021 Lives lost 2022 Lives lost
234 240 (up 2.6%)
Fatalities
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 5 year
average
259 213 266 211 234 237
Gender
Gender 2021 2022 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 64 61 -3 -5% 62
Male 170 179 9 5% 174
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Road user
Road user 2021 2022 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 12 12 0 0% 11
Driver 113 101 -12 -11% 112
Motorcyclist* 43 56 13 30% 39
Passenger 36 25 -11 -31% 39
Pedestrian 29 44 15 52% 35
Unknown 1 1 0 0% 0
Location
Location 2021 2022 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 114 106 -8 -7% 105
Rural vic 120 134 14 12% 131
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2021 2022 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 4 2 -2 -50% 2
5 to 15 5 4 -1 -20% 5
16 to 17 8 3 -5 -62% 5
18 to 20 12 20 8 67% 16
21 to 25 23 19 -4 -17% 23
26 to 29 18 22 4 22% 18
30 to 39 31 33 2 6% 36
40 to 49 28 34 6 21% 29
50 to 59 25 32 7 28% 28
60 to 69 33 31 -2 -6% 29
70 and over 45 40 -5 -11% 46
Unknown 2 0 -2 -200% 1
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2021 2022 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 33 17 -16 -48% 29
Rural roads 121 132 11 9% 126
Small towns/hamlets 0 3 3 300% 1
Urban Melbourne** 80 88 8 10% 80
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.