Lives Lost - Year to Date

Calendar year to midnight 26 February 2024

2023 Lives lost 2024 Lives lost
55 42 (down 23.6%)
Fatalities (equivalent periods)
2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 5 year
average
53 40 31 46 55 45
Gender
Gender 2023 2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 15 10 -5 -33% 12
Male 40 31 -9 -22% 33
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 0
Road user
Road user 2023 2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 4 2 -2 -50% 3
Driver 28 14 -14 -50% 21
Motorcyclist* 10 10 0 0% 10
Passenger 11 9 -2 -18% 7
Pedestrian 2 7 5 250% 4
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Location
Location 2023 2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 24 21 -3 -12% 19
Rural vic 31 21 -10 -32% 26
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2023 2024 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 0 0 0 0% 0
5 to 15 0 4 4 400% 0
16 to 17 0 0 0 0% 1
18 to 20 5 3 -2 -40% 4
21 to 25 6 1 -5 -83% 4
26 to 29 4 3 -1 -25% 5
30 to 39 8 6 -2 -25% 7
40 to 49 6 7 1 17% 5
50 to 59 5 5 0 0% 5
60 to 69 8 4 -4 -50% 7
70 and over 13 8 -5 -38% 8
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 0
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2023 2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 1 3 2 200% 4
Rural roads 33 21 -12 -36% 26
Small towns/hamlets 0 0 0 0% 0
Urban Melbourne** 21 18 -3 -14% 15
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

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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.