Christmas/New Year 2018/19 provisional road deaths

The official holiday for 2018/19 was 9.6 days from 4pm on Monday 24 December 2018 to 6am on Thursday 3 January 2019. in 2017/18, the holiday period was 11.6 days from 22 December 2017 to 3 January 2018.

For 2018/19, provisionally there were 9 road deaths, from 9 fatal crashes.

The data below is strictly provisional. Numbers may change following further investigation (i.e. a medical event is not counted in the official figures) or if a person dies from a crash within 30 days of the crash.

 

 

This year 2018/19

Last year 2017/18

Notes

Date

On The Day

Year To Date

Holiday To Date

On The Day

Year To Date

 Not official holiday period

20 Dec

5

 367

-

1

364

 

21 Dec

1

368

-

2

366

 

22 Dec

3

 371

-

2

368

 

23 Dec

1

 372

-

3

371

 

24 Dec pre 4pm

0

372

-

1

372

Official Holiday period 2018/19 starts at 4pm

24 Dec post 4pm

0

372

0

1

373

 

25 Dec

1

373

1

0

373

 

26 Dec

0

373 1

2

375

 

27 Dec

1

374 2

0

375

 

28 Dec

1

375 3

0

375

 

29 Dec

1 376 4

0

375

 

30 Dec

1

 377

5

1

376

End of 2018 - total at midnight

31 Dec

2

 379

7

2

378

 

1 Jan

1

 1

8

1

1

 

2 Jan

1

 2

9

1

2

2018/2019 Holiday end (6am)

3 Jan pre-6am

0

 1

9

0

2

 

3 Jan post-6am

0

 1

-

1

3

Christmas/New Year holiday period road deaths 2017/18

During the 2017/2018 Christmas holiday period there were 11 fatal crashes and 329 reported injury crashes. Those crashes resulted in 12 deaths, 90 serious injuries and 379 minor injuries.

The deaths included:

  • 8 drivers
  • 3 passengers
  • 1 motorcyclist

9 of the 12 deaths and 52 percent of the reported injuries occurred on the open road. Under half (46 percent) of the crashes were single vehicle crashes in which a driver lost control or ran off the road, 18 percent were intersection collisions, 10 percent were collisions with obstructions or rear end collisions and 9 percent were head-on collisions.

The most commonly cited contributing factors for crashes over the Christmas holiday period were; losing control (29 percent of reported crashes), travelling too fast for conditions (19 percent), alcohol or drugs (18 percent), inattention (16 percent), too far left (15 percent), failed to give way or stop (14 percent), inexperience (12 percent), did not see other party (10 percent), failed to keep left (10 percent), and fatigue (9 percent).

 

Historical Christmas/New Year holiday period crashes and casualties

Year Deaths Fatal
crashes
Injured Injury
crashes
Holiday
period (days)
1958/59 15   358   11.6
1959/60 8   506   11.6
1960/61 18   414   11.6
1961/62 13   346   11.6
1962/63 10   421   9.6
1963/64 11   457   9.6
1964/65 13   500   11.6
1965/66 19   557   11.6
1966/67 9   749   11.6
1967/68 20   399   11.6
1968/69 20   429   9.6
1969/70 18   713   11.6
1970/71 26 23 824   11.6
1971/72 34 26 819   11.6
1972/73 37 28 826   11.6
1973/74 16 14 585   9.6
1974/75 29 30 574   9.6
1975/76 24 21 628   11.6
1976/77 19 17 584   11.6
1977/78 34 30 609   11.6
1978/79 30 27 346   11.6
1979/80 13 13 416   9.6
1980/81 32 25 481   11.6
1981/82 35 30 602   11.6
1982/83 18 17 473   11.6
1983/84 17 15 523   11.6
1984/85 13 12 439   9.6
1985/86 25 21 532   9.6
1986/87 31 30 554   11.6
1987/88 22 20 544   11.6
1988/89 16 15 594   11.6
1989/90 19 17 596   11.6
1990/91 18 16 487 297 9.6
1991/92 17 13 537 319 9.6
1992/93 29 21 528 319 11.6
1993/94 17 16 372 228 11.6
1994/95 19 18 542 321 11.6
1995/96 26 20 598 360 11.6
1996/97 14 14 432 258 9.6
1997/98 26 23 387 225 11.6
1998/99 24 19 391 228 11.6
1999/00 17 14 398 235 11.6
2000/01 20 16 409 235 11.6
2001/02 21 17 417 233 9.6
2002/03 17 14 323 208 9.6
2003/04 13 13 408 259 11.6
2004/05 11 9 513 309 11.6
2005/06 22 20 488 295 11.6
2006/07 9 6 444 288 11.6
2007/08 18 16 413 252 9.6
2008/09 25 22 458 312 11.6
2009/10 13 12 409 291 11.6
2010/11 12 12 381 263 11.6
2011/12 19 15 400 285 11.6
2012/13 6 6 353 237 9.6
2013/14 7 7 308 193 9.6
2014/15 16 14 345 226 11.6
2015/16 12 11 367 244 11.6
2016/17 19 15 478 313 11.6
2017/18 12 11 469  329 11.6
2018/19 9 9 - - 9.6

Notes:

  1. Consistent injury crash data not available prior to 1990.
  2. Holiday period refers to the number of days the official holiday period covers.
  3. The length of the official holiday period varies depending on where New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve fall in relation to the weekend:
    1. When Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve fall on a week day the holiday starts at 4.00 pm on 24 December
    2. If the holiday begins on a Monday or a Tuesday it ends at 6am on 3 January (9.6 days)
    3. If the holiday begins between Wednesday and Friday it ends at 6am on 5 January (11.6 days)
      1. When Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve fall on a Saturday the holiday starts at 4pm on Friday 23 December and ends at 6am on Wednesday 4 January (11.6 days)
      2. When Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve fall on a Sunday the holiday starts at 4.00pm on Friday 22 December and ends at 6.00 am on Wednesday 3 January (11.6 days)

The lowest Christmas holiday period number of road deaths on record occurred during 2012/13 when 6 deaths were recorded. The 7 deaths in 2013/14 is the second lowest holiday number of road deaths on record. There were 8 deaths recorded in 1959/60. There were 9 deaths recorded in 1966/67 and again in 2006/07. The highest holiday period of road deaths on record was in 1972/73 when there were 37 deaths.

The earliest year for which records for holiday periods are available is 1956/57.

Local government Christmas/New Year statistics

View full local government region road deaths tables for Christmas/New Year from 1980/81–2016/17 [PDF, 201 KB] (Note: 1980 is as far back as regional records are available).

For more information on regional road deaths information View the Annual number of road deaths historical information