A future where every journey is a safe one

Lives Lost - Rolling 12 Month

12 months to midnight 22 April 2019

2017-2018 Lives lost 2018-2019 Lives lost
238 253 (up 6.3%)
Fatalities (equivalent periods)
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 5 year
average
250 247 259 283 238 255
Gender
Gender 2017-2018 2018-2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 71 65 -6 -8% 73
Male 167 188 21 13% 182
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Road user
Road user 2017-2018 2018-2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 8 10 2 25% 9
Driver 113 112 -1 -1% 125
Motorcyclist* 41 49 8 20% 38
Passenger 44 40 -4 -9% 46
Pedestrian 32 42 10 31% 37
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Location
Location 2017-2018 2018-2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 103 113 10 10% 115
Rural vic 134 140 6 4% 141
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2017-2018 2018-2019 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 0 2 2 200% 2
5 to 15 3 10 7 233% 5
16 to 17 4 4 0 0% 7
18 to 20 17 14 -3 -18% 18
21 to 25 23 20 -3 -13% 24
26 to 29 12 21 9 75% 19
30 to 39 39 39 0 0% 35
40 to 49 36 26 -10 -28% 37
50 to 59 30 36 6 20% 31
60 to 69 28 28 0 0% 28
70 and over 46 52 6 13% 49
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 0
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2017-2018 2018-2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 18 23 5 28% 21
Rural roads 137 141 4 3% 140
Small towns/hamlets 0 6 6 600% 3
Urban Melbourne** 83 83 0 0% 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.

https://www.tac.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/video_file/0010/158149/Towards-Zero-Man-On-The-Street.mp4 https://www.tac.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/image/0020/158150/TACC0578_Video-Thumbnail_380x214_v1.jpg https://www.tac.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/file/0005/158153/TACV196.srt https://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?