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Road Deaths Australia 2008 Statistical Summary
This annual publication presents a statistical summary of Australian fatal road crashes and road deaths.
By Road Safety Infrastructure and Surface Transport Policy
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government
The current issue presents fatal crash data for 2008 and makes comparisons with earlier years.
Recent changes in numbers of deaths
- In 2008, there were 1,464 people killed in road crashes. In comparison to the previous year, this is a decline of 8.7%. During the five year period ending 2008, the average annual decline was 1.4%.
- Comparing 2008 with 2007, most jurisdictions achieved significant decreases in road deaths:
- decreases were recorded in NSW (down 8.7%),
- Victoria (down 8.7%),
- Queensland (down 9.2%),
- South Australia (down 20.2%),
- Western Australia (down 11.1%) and
- Tasmania (down 11.1%)
- The Northern Territory was up 29.3% and the Australian Capital Territory was unchanged.
- Among different road user groups:
- driver deaths decreased by 11.5%
- passenger deaths decreased by 10.1%
- pedestrian deaths decreased by 5.4%
- motorcyclist deaths increased by 3.4%
- there were 14 fewer cyclist deaths (down from 41 to 27).
- Male deaths decreased by 8.1 % and female deaths decreased by 10.2%.
- Between 2003 and 2008 national road deaths decreased by an average of 1.4% per year.
- The five-year trend differed between males and females.
- Females showed an average annual decrease of 3.4% and males had an average annual decrease of 0.6%.
- The five-year trend has varied between jurisdictions:
- the greatest average annual decrease was observed in South Australia (down 7.9%)
- followed by NSW (down 5.6%)
- Tasmania (down 2.3%) and
- Victoria (down 1.6%)
- the greatest average annual increase occurred in the Northern Territory (up 9.2%)
- followed by the ACT (up 5.4%)
- Western Australia (up 5.3%) and
- Queensland (up 2.1%).
- Between road user groups:
- passenger deaths showed the largest average annual decrease of 5.2%
- pedestrian deaths had an average annual decrease of 3.2%
- driver deaths had an average annual decrease of 0.9%
- motorcyclist deaths increased by an average of 5.7% annually
- no trend was apparent for cyclist deaths.
- Across age groups:
- deaths in the 0-16 age group declined at an average rate of 7.6 % per year
- the 17-25 age group declined on average by 2.0% per year
- the 26-39 year group showed no trend across the last five years
- the 40-59 year group increased with a marginal rate of 0.7 % per year
- the 60+ age group declined on average by 2.3% per year.
- Death rate per 100,000 population
- Between 2007 and 2008 the number of people killed per 100,000 resident.
- Australian population declined from 7.6 to 6.9. Ten years ago, the figure was 9.4.
- Crashes involving articulated trucks and buses
- There were 130 fatal crashes involving articulated trucks in 2008, and these resulted in 150 deaths.
- This compares with 144 fatal crashes and 176 deaths the previous year.
- There were 20 fatal crashes involving buses in 2008, and these resulted in 22 deaths.
- This compares with 23 fatal crashes and 23 deaths recorded the previous year.