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Every year, thousands of Australians die on our roads. Here are some of the latest key findings.
Road tolls in Victoria
Average road toll by year
- Annually: There were 249 deaths in Victoria in the year to December 2014 (up 2.5% from the previous year).
- Year to date: There were 199 deaths Victoria in the year to 15 October 2015 (up 0.5% from the year prior).
- Five-year average: since 2013, the road toll averaged 278 deaths in Victoria.
Average road toll by people affected
- Gender: In the five years to 2014, the average number of male deaths (197) was significantly higher than female (81)
- Child passengers: In 2014 Victoria had the highest number (15) of child deaths (0–16 years), followed by Queensland (13) and NSW (12).
- Young drivers: The incidence of fatalities among drivers aged 21 to 25 rose 41% between 2013 and 2014.
- Elderly drivers: Drivers aged 70 and over contributed the highest number (48) to the state’s road toll in the five years to 2014, although the figure dropped 32% from 2013 to 2014.
Average road toll by types of road users
- Road users: In the five years to 2014, driver deaths were the leading road user deaths (132), followed by passenger (54), motorcyclist (44), pedestrian (42) and bicyclist (7).
- Bicyclists: The highest percentage increase in road user deaths from 2013 to 2014 was bicyclists (67%).
- Pedestrians: In the year to October 2015, there were 29 pedestrian fatalities in Victoria.
Average road toll by location and event
- Location: While rural Victoria experienced the highest number of fatalities in the five years to 2014 (152), Melbourne had the highest percentage increase in road toll deaths (8%)
- Level of urbanisation: The incidence of deaths in urban Melbourne rose 6% between 2013 and 2014, while increasing only 4% on rural Victoria roads
- Christmas holidays: The toll was 4 in 2014 compared to 5 in 2013.
Road tolls in Australia
Year to date there were 794 road deaths in the year January to August 2015.
This is a 5% increase compared to the same time in 2014.
|There were 1156 deaths in Australia in 2014|
|New South Wales||312|
|Australian Capital Territory||10|
- In the last 10 years to 2014, fatalities decreased by 28.9%
- There were significantly more male deaths (824) than female deaths (331)
- Between 2008 and 2013 annual deaths from crashes involving a younger driver (aged 17–25) decreased by 39%
- The majority of road fatalities in 2104 occurred among persons aged 40–64
- The strongest downward trends in road deaths were in New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.
|There were 152 pedestrians killed in Australia in 2014|
|New South Wales||42|
|Australian Capital Territory||1|
- Around half of all deaths are from head-on or single vehicle run-off road crashes.
- Most fatalities occur on weekdays rather than weekends, with Friday evenings having the highest fatality rate
- Christmas holidays: The 2014 Christmas toll was 48, up from 36 in 2013
- Easter holidays: The 2014 Easter toll was 19, down from 25 in 2013