Lives Lost - Rolling 12 Month

Rolling 12 month lives lost data

12 months to midnight 16 August 2018

2016-2017 Lives lost 2017-2018 Lives lost
264 226 (down 14.4%)
Fatalities (equivalent periods)
2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 5 year
average
261 259 252 273 264 262
Gender
Gender 2016-2017 2017-2018 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 72 61 -11 -15% 76
Male 192 165 -27 -14% 186
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Road user
Road user 2016-2017 2017-2018 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 11 8 -3 -27% 9
Driver 141 104 -37 -26% 131
Motorcyclist* 42 37 -5 -12% 39
Passenger 39 41 2 5% 46
Pedestrian 31 36 5 16% 36
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Location
Location 2016-2017 2017-2018 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 113 98 -15 -13% 116
Rural vic 150 128 -22 -15% 145
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2016-2017 2017-2018 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 3 1 -2 -67% 3
5 to 15 4 5 1 25% 6
16 to 17 3 3 0 0% 6
18 to 20 14 16 2 14% 19
21 to 25 26 20 -6 -23% 26
26 to 29 24 8 -16 -67% 20
30 to 39 36 38 2 6% 36
40 to 49 39 35 -4 -10% 37
50 to 59 30 32 2 7% 32
60 to 69 27 28 1 4% 28
70 and over 57 39 -18 -32% 50
Unknown 1 1 0 0% 1
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2016-2017 2017-2018 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 21 22 1 5% 21
Rural roads 146 127 -19 -13% 141
Small towns/hamlets 6 4 -2 -33% 5
Urban Melbourne** 91 73 -18 -20% 94
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?