Lives Lost - Rolling 12 Month

12 months to midnight 11 April 2024

2022-2023 Lives lost 2023-2024 Lives lost
255 292 (up 14.5%)
Fatalities (equivalent periods)
2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 5 year
average
241 253 204 241 255 239
Gender
Gender 2022-2023 2023-2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 65 90 25 38% 62
Male 189 200 11 6% 176
Unknown 1 2 1 100% 0
Road user
Road user 2022-2023 2023-2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 13 7 -6 -46% 12
Driver 111 123 12 11% 108
Motorcyclist* 50 58 8 16% 43
Passenger 41 52 11 27% 37
Pedestrian 39 51 12 31% 37
Unknown 1 1 0 0% 1
Location
Location 2022-2023 2023-2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 114 120 6 5% 108
Rural vic 141 171 30 21% 131
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2022-2023 2023-2024 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 4 3 -1 -25% 3
5 to 15 3 13 10 333% 5
16 to 17 5 4 -1 -20% 5
18 to 20 17 24 7 41% 16
21 to 25 24 23 -1 -4% 22
26 to 29 26 22 -4 -15% 21
30 to 39 37 45 8 22% 36
40 to 49 29 34 5 17% 27
50 to 59 33 40 7 21% 28
60 to 69 30 32 2 7% 30
70 and over 47 51 4 9% 46
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 1
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2022-2023 2023-2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 19 36 17 89% 29
Rural roads 137 156 19 14% 124
Small towns/hamlets 3 0 -3 -300% 2
Urban Melbourne** 96 99 3 3% 84
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.