Christmas/New Year holiday period road toll 2016/17

The official holiday period will begin at 4pm on Friday 23 December 2016 and end at 6am on Wednesday 4 January 2017.

Christmas/New Year holiday period road toll 2015/16

The official holiday period began at 4pm on Thursday 24 December 2015 and ended at 6am on Tuesday 5 January 2016.

During the 2015/2016 Christmas holiday period there were 11 fatal crashes and 244 reported injury crashes. Those crashes resulted in 12 deaths, 71 serious injuries and 296 minor injuries.

The deaths included:

  • 7 drivers
  • 3 passengers
  • 1 motorcycle rider
  • 1 cyclist

10 of the 12 deaths and over two-thirds (69%) of the reported injuries occurred on the open road. Over half (53 percent) of the crashes were single vehicle crashes in which a driver lost control or ran off the road, 17 percent were intersection collisions, 11 percent were head-on collisions and 11 percent were collisions with obstructions or rear end collisions.

The most commonly cited contributing factors for crashes over the Christmas holiday period were losing control (41 percent), travelling too fast for conditions (27 percent), alcohol or drugs (18 percent), inattention (15 percent), did not see other party (13 percent), failed to keep left (12 percent), fatigue (11 percent), inexperience (11 percent), failed to give way or stop (11 percent) and too far left (10 percent).

Christmas/New Year holiday period road toll 2014/15

The official holiday period began at 4pm on Wednesday 24 December 2014 and ended at 6am on Monday 5 January 2015.

During the 2014/2015 Christmas holiday period there were 14 fatal crashes and 226 reported injury crashes. Those crashes resulted in 16 deaths, 78 serious injuries and 267 minor injuries.

The deaths included:

  • 7 drivers
  • 7 passengers
  • 2 motorcycle riders

13 of the 16 deaths and about two-thirds of the reported injuries occurred on the open road. Nearly half (47 percent) of the crashes were single vehicle crashes in which a driver lost control or ran off the road, 18 percent were intersection collisions, 12 percent were head-on collisions and 8 percent were collisions with obstructions or rear end collisions.

The most commonly cited contributing factors for crashes over the Christmas holiday period were losing control (38 percent), travelling too fast for conditions (24 percent), inattention (21 percent), alcohol or drugs (18 percent), inexperience (16 percent), failed to give way or stop (15 percent), did not see other party (14%), too far left (12%) and fatigue (10 percent).

Historical Christmas/New Year holiday period crashes and casualties

YearDeathsFatal
crashes
InjuredInjury
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

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 the statutory holidays fall in relation to the weekend. When Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve fall on a week day the holiday starts at 4.00 pm on 24 December. If the holiday begins on a Monday or a Tuesday then it ends at 6.00am on 3 January (9.6 days). If the holiday begins from Wednesday to Friday then it ends at 6.00am on 5 January (11.6 days). When Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve fall on a Saturday the holiday starts at 4.00pm on Friday 23 December and ends at 6.00 am on Wednesday 4 January (11.6 days). 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 road toll on record occurred during 2012/13 when 6 deaths were recorded. The 7 deaths in 2013/14 is the second lowest holiday road toll 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 road toll 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 toll tables for Christmas/New Year from 1980/81–2015/16 [PDF, 189 KB] (Note: 1980 is as far back as regional records are available).

For more information on regional road toll information View the Annual road toll historical information