Lives Lost - Rolling 12 Month

12 months to midnight 12 May 2021

2019-2020 Lives lost 2020-2021 Lives lost
242 210 (down 13.2%)
Fatalities (equivalent periods)
2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 5 year
average
259 282 243 246 242 254
Gender
Gender 2019-2020 2020-2021 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 64 47 -17 -27% 69
Male 178 163 -15 -8% 185
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Road user
Road user 2019-2020 2020-2021 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 13 10 -3 -23% 10
Driver 113 110 -3 -3% 123
Motorcyclist* 32 39 7 22% 41
Passenger 38 26 -12 -32% 42
Pedestrian 45 24 -21 -47% 38
Unknown 1 0 -1 -100% 0
Location
Location 2019-2020 2020-2021 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 115 88 -27 -23% 115
Rural vic 127 120 -7 -6% 139
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2019-2020 2020-2021 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 1 3 2 200% 2
5 to 15 3 2 -1 -33% 5
16 to 17 3 5 2 67% 6
18 to 20 18 7 -11 -61% 19
21 to 25 27 23 -4 -15% 22
26 to 29 24 19 -5 -21% 20
30 to 39 41 38 -3 -7% 38
40 to 49 28 26 -2 -7% 35
50 to 59 23 26 3 13% 31
60 to 69 29 23 -6 -21% 28
70 and over 45 36 -9 -20% 49
Unknown 0 2 2 200% 0
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2019-2020 2020-2021 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 43 30 -13 -30% 27
Rural roads 103 117 14 14% 133
Small towns/hamlets 0 0 0 0% 3
Urban Melbourne** 96 62 -34 -35% 91
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.