Lives Lost - Year to Date

Daily lives lost update

Calendar year to midnight 20 September 2018

2017 Lives lost 2018 Lives lost
183 146 (down 20.2%)
Fatalities (equivalent periods)
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 5 year
average
165 182 182 211 183 185
Gender
Gender 2017 2018 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 48 40 -8 -17% 53
Male 135 106 -29 -21% 132
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Road user
Road user 2017 2018 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 8 4 -4 -50% 6
Driver 93 69 -24 -26% 91
Motorcyclist* 28 23 -5 -18% 27
Passenger 33 24 -9 -27% 33
Pedestrian 21 26 5 24% 28
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Location
Location 2017 2018 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 75 70 -5 -7% 83
Rural vic 107 76 -31 -29% 101
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2017 2018 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 2 1 -1 -50% 2
5 to 15 2 5 3 150% 3
16 to 17 3 0 -3 -300% 5
18 to 20 14 8 -6 -43% 13
21 to 25 22 10 -12 -55% 19
26 to 29 14 6 -8 -57% 15
30 to 39 24 29 5 21% 24
40 to 49 24 15 -9 -38% 26
50 to 59 21 23 2 10% 22
60 to 69 20 19 -1 -5% 20
70 and over 37 29 -8 -22% 36
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 0
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2017 2018 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 15 14 -1 -7% 14
Rural roads 107 80 -27 -25% 101
Small towns/hamlets 1 4 3 300% 2
Urban Melbourne** 60 48 -12 -20% 68
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?