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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
Victoria 249
Queensland 223

Western Australia

South Australia 107
Northern Territory 39
Tasmania 35
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  
Victoria 46
New South Wales 42
Queensland 19
South Australia 17
Western Australia 16
Northern Territory 8
Tasmania 3
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