April road deaths down on average compared to previous five years

Posted: 24 May 2018 2:27 am

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But deaths are up 2.5% when compared to last year.

During April 2018, 87 people lost their lives on Australian roads, according to the latest monthly Road Deaths Australia bulletin from Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE). Compared with the average from the last five years, this figure is down 8.2%. However, during the last year ending April 2018, 1,253 people died from road sustained injuries, which was a 2.5% increase over the previous year.

For every 100,000 Australians, 5.1 will lose their lives in any given year in car accidents and collisions. Easter is an especially risky time. The five-day Easter period in 2018 saw 17 fatalities, and the average over the last five years sits at 14.

Road users most at risk

So far this year, 389 road users have been killed. This number is up 7.8% over the opening quarter of 2017. Vehicle drivers face the highest risk, with 588 passing away between April 2017 and 2018. The next at-risk group were passengers followed by motorcyclists. The report shows that 176 pedestrians have been killed as have 40 cyclists.

Comparison by state

This April, Tasmania and ACT had the lowest road death tolls.

StateApril 2017April 2018Increase/decrease
New South Wales3130-3.2%
South Australia87-12.5%
Western Australia19205.3%
Northern Territories330

Age groups and genders most at risk

The BITRE report also split the deaths into age groups. The figures for young road users and drivers aged 17-25 are high, with 243 people killed in accidents. Younger drivers are highly vulnerable while travelling due to inexperience and ageing cars. People aged from 26-39 also experienced the same number of deaths.

According to the report, 908 males died in accidents compared to 341 females from April 2017 to April 2018.

Age groupTotal deaths
≥ 75171

Crash types and speeds

Between April 2017 and 2018, the majority of accidents involved only one vehicle. The second most common accident type was a multi-vehicle incident. In addition, 160 pedestrians died as a result of injuries sustained in a collision. More accidents happened on 100kmh roads than with any other speed limit.

Accident times

Weekdays claimed 700 crashes, while weekends experienced a high ratio of deaths with 451. There were 733 fatal accidents during the daytime, between 6am and 5:59pm, while 418 deaths occurred overnight. Night-time deaths dropped 10.9% versus last year, while daytime incidents increased by 8.6%.

Where do these figures come from?

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) compiles the figures using data from the following agencies:

  • Transport for NSW
  • Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland
  • VicRoads
  • Western Australia Police
  • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, S.A.
  • Department of Transport, Northern Territory
  • Department of State Growth, Tasmania
  • Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate, ACT
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics (3101.0)

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