A future where every journey is a safe one

Lives Lost - Year to Date

Calendar year to midnight 13 October 2019

2018 Lives lost 2019 Lives lost
162 218 (up 34.6%)
Fatalities (equivalent periods)
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 5 year
average
198 199 227 193 162 196
Gender
Gender 2018 2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 46 56 10 22% 54
Male 116 161 45 39% 142
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 0
Road user
Road user 2018 2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 4 8 4 100% 6
Driver 79 91 12 15% 97
Motorcyclist* 27 36 9 33% 29
Passenger 25 42 17 68% 34
Pedestrian 27 41 14 52% 30
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Location
Location 2018 2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 79 96 17 22% 90
Rural vic 83 122 39 47% 106
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2018 2019 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 1 1 0 0% 2
5 to 15 5 5 0 0% 4
16 to 17 0 5 5 500% 5
18 to 20 8 20 12 150% 13
21 to 25 12 20 8 67% 19
26 to 29 8 15 7 88% 15
30 to 39 33 23 -10 -30% 28
40 to 49 17 25 8 47% 27
50 to 59 24 27 3 12% 25
60 to 69 21 27 6 29% 21
70 and over 33 49 16 48% 37
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 0
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2018 2019 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 15 24 9 60% 16
Rural roads 89 116 27 30% 107
Small towns/hamlets 3 3 0 0% 2
Urban Melbourne** 55 75 20 36% 71
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.

Towards Zero

Reducing road trauma is a shared responsibility. TAC is working towards a future free of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

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Whats is Towards Zero?