Christmas/New Year 2019/20

The official holiday period began at 4pm on Tuesday 24 December 2019 and ended at 6am on Friday 3 January 2020. The break lasted 9.6 days, the same as for 2018/19. 

Provisionally during the 2019/2020 Christmas holiday period there were 6 fatal crashes. Those crashes resulted in 6 deaths.

The deaths included:

  • 3 drivers
  • 2 passengers
  • 1 pedestrian

 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 2019/20

Last year 2018/19

Notes

Date

On The Day

Year To Date

Holiday To Date

On The Day

Year To Date

 Not official holiday period

20 Dec

2

340

-

6

365

 

21 Dec

4

344

-

1

366

 

22 Dec

1

345

-

3

369

 

23 Dec

4

349

-

1

370

 

24 Dec pre 4pm

0

349

0

0

370

Official Holiday period 2018/19 starts at 4pm

24 Dec post 4pm

0

349

0

0

370

 

25 Dec

0

349

0

1

371

 

26 Dec

0

349 0

0

371

 

27 Dec

1

350 1

1

372

 

28 Dec

1

351 2

1

373

 

29 Dec

1 352 3

1

374

 

30 Dec

1

353

4

1

375

End of 2018 - total at midnight

31 Dec

0

353

4

2

377

 

1 Jan

1

1

5

1

1

 

2 Jan

1

2

6

1

2

2019/2020 Holiday end (6am)

3 Jan pre-6am

0

2

6

0

2

 

3 Jan post-6am

1

3

-

0

2

Christmas/New Year 2018/19 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.

During the 2018/2019 Christmas holiday period there were 9 fatal crashes and 291 reported injury crashes. Those crashes resulted in 9 deaths, 69 serious injuries and 325 minor injuries.

The deaths included: 6 drivers, 1 passenger and 2 motor cycle riders.

6 of the 9 deaths and 52 percent of the reported injuries occurred on the open road. Under half (49 percent) of the crashes were single vehicle crashes in which a driver lost control or ran off the road, 19 percent were intersection collisions, 13 percent were collisions with obstructions or rear end collisions and 6 percent were head-on collisions.

The most commonly cited contributing factors for crashes over the Christmas holiday period were; losing control (27 percent of reported crashes), travelling too fast for conditions (20 percent), too far left (18 percent), inattention (15 percent), alcohol or drugs (14 percent), failed to keep left (13 percent), failed to give way or stop (13 percent), Did not see other party until too late (11%), inexperience (10 percent) and fatigue (8 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 30 600   11.6
1982/83 18 17 475   11.6
1983/84 16 14 521   11.6
1984/85 13 12 440   9.6
1985/86 25 21 531   9.6
1986/87 31 30 556   11.6
1987/88 22 20 544   11.6
1988/89 16 15 593   11.6
1989/90 19 17 603   11.6
1990/91 18 16 485 297 9.6
1991/92 17 13 545 319 9.6
1992/93 29 21 545 319 11.6
1993/94 16 15 381 228 11.6
1994/95 19 18 550 321 11.6
1995/96 26 20 601 360 11.6
1996/97 14 14 436 258 9.6
1997/98 26 23 400 225 11.6
1998/99 24 19 395 228 11.6
1999/00 17 14 415 235 11.6
2000/01 20 16 407 235 11.6
2001/02 21 17 418 233 9.6
2002/03 17 14 329 208 9.6
2003/04 13 13 419 259 11.6
2004/05 11 9 540 309 11.6
2005/06 22 20 503 295 11.6
2006/07 9 6 449 288 11.6
2007/08 18 16 421 252 9.6
2008/09 24 21 465 312 11.6
2009/10 13 12 416 291 11.6
2010/11 12 12 384 263 11.6
2011/12 19 15 405 285 11.6
2012/13 6 6 357 237 9.6
2013/14 6 6 311 193 9.6
2014/15 15 13 349 226 11.6
2015/16 12 11 375 244 11.6
2016/17 19 15 480 313 11.6
2017/18 12 11 480 329 11.6
2018/19 9 9 394 291 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 1980/81–2018/19 [PDF, 206 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