Lives Lost - Year to Date

Calendar year to midnight 20 June 2024

2023 Lives lost 2024 Lives lost
138 135 (down 2.2%)
Fatalities (equivalent periods)
2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 5 year
average
144 109 98 113 138 120
Gender
Gender 2023 2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Female 46 41 -5 -11% 33
Male 92 92 0 0% 87
Unknown 0 2 2 200% 0
Road user
Road user 2023 2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Bicyclist 5 5 0 0% 6
Driver 68 57 -11 -16% 57
Motorcyclist* 19 34 15 79% 22
Passenger 35 16 -19 -54% 19
Pedestrian 11 23 12 109% 17
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Location
Location 2023 2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Melbourne 60 63 3 5% 53
Rural vic 78 72 -6 -8% 68
Unknown 0 0 0 0% 0
Age Group
Age Group 2023 2024 Change % change 5 year
average
0 to 4 1 0 -1 -100% 1
5 to 15 3 6 3 100% 2
16 to 17 3 1 -2 -67% 2
18 to 20 14 12 -2 -14% 9
21 to 25 17 8 -9 -53% 11
26 to 29 12 6 -6 -50% 12
30 to 39 23 15 -8 -35% 19
40 to 49 11 18 7 64% 13
50 to 59 13 23 10 77% 15
60 to 69 14 14 0 0% 14
70 and over 27 31 4 15% 23
Unknown 0 1 1 100% 0
Level of urbanisation
Level of urbanisation 2023 2024 Change % change 5 year
average
Provincial cities/towns 8 16 8 100% 13
Rural roads 76 63 -13 -17% 65
Small towns/hamlets 0 2 2 200% 1
Urban Melbourne** 54 54 0 0% 41
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.