Lives Lost - Rolling 12 Month

Rolling 12 month lives lost data

12 months to midnight 21 September 2017

2015-2016 Lives lost 2016-2017 Lives lost
282 263 (down 6.7%)
Fatalities (equivalent periods)
2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 5 year
average
278 254 260 247 282 264
Gender
Gender 2015-2016 2016-2017 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 81 72 -9 -11% 78
Male 201 191 -10 -5% 186
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Road user
Road user 2015-2016 2016-2017 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 9 11 2 22% 8
Driver 147 136 -11 -7% 130
Motorcyclist* 52 42 -10 -19% 40
Passenger 41 42 1 2% 49
Pedestrian 33 32 -1 -3% 38
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Location
Location 2015-2016 2016-2017 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 135 112 -23 -17% 119
Rural vic 147 150 3 2% 145
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2015-2016 2016-2017 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 2 3 1 50% 3
5 to 15 4 4 0 0% 6
16 to 17 8 4 -4 -50% 7
18 to 20 22 16 -6 -27% 22
21 to 25 27 28 1 4% 27
26 to 29 23 22 -1 -4% 20
30 to 39 38 35 -3 -8% 36
40 to 49 48 40 -8 -17% 34
50 to 59 35 30 -5 -14% 32
60 to 69 27 30 3 11% 29
70 and over 48 49 1 2% 48
Unknown 0 2 2 200% 0
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2015-2016 2016-2017 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 26 20 -6 -23% 22
Rural roads 139 151 12 9% 141
Small towns/hamlets 2 7 5 250% 5
Urban Melbourne** 115 85 -30 -26% 96
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?