Christmas/New Year holiday period road toll 2013/14
The official holiday period will begin at 4pm on Tuesday 24 December 2013 and end at 6am on Friday 3 January 2014.
Christmas/New Year holiday period road toll 2012/13
During the 2012/2013 Christmas holiday period there were 6 fatal crashes and 237 reported injury crashes. Those crashes resulted in 6 deaths, 70 serious injuries and 283 minor injuries.
The deaths included:
- 3 drivers
- 2 passengers
- 1 pedestrian
All six deaths and 62 percent of the reported injuries occurred on the open road. Nearly half (49 percent) of crashes were single vehicle crashes in which a driver lost control or ran off the road, 21 percent were intersection collisions, 11 percent were head-on collisions and 9 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 (37 percent), travelling too fast for conditions (23 percent), alcohol (19 percent), inattention (17 percent), failed to give way or stop (14 percent), inexperience (13 percent) and fatigue (12 percent).
The official holiday period began at 4pm on Monday 24 December 2012 and ended at 6am on Thursday 3 January 2013.
The Associate Minister of Transport issued two media statements during the Christmas holiday period, the first on 1 January 2013 about the 2012 road toll and the second on 3 January about the Christmas/New Year holiday road toll. The media statements are available here (external link) .
Historical Christmas/New Year holiday period crashes and casualties
- Consistent injury crash data not available prior to 1990.
- Holiday period refers to the number of days the official holiday period covers.
- 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. 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 1980/81–2012/13 [PDF, 182 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