2021 worst road fatality LGAs (Victoria)
The number of deaths on our roads rose by 12 per cent in 2021, despite a reduction in driving activity in the past year.
Thousands of Victorian drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users are still being seriously injured or losing their lives on the state’s road each year in increasing numbers, with new data revealing where fatalities spiked in 2021.
Despite the curfews and driving radius limits in metropolitan areas during 2021, there were 237 road fatalities on Victorian roads in 2021 - 26 more than in 2020.
Data from the Australian Automobile Association has revealed the most impacted Melbourne 31 local government areas (LGAs) when it comes to road fatalities.
Road deaths in Cardinia and Casey, located south-east of Melbourne, more than doubled in 2021, with 14 lives lost in each area. The year prior, Cardinia and Casey recorded just three and four deaths respectively.
Six people also lost their lives on the road in the Melbourne municipality in 2021, double the 2020 figure.
Baw Baw was the deadliest regional LGA in Victoria with nine road-related deaths, just ahead of Greater Geelong and Mitchell, which reported seven traffic fatalities each.
RACV, along with the AAA, is calling for a 10-year, $3 billion regional road safety plan as part of a suite of motoring and mobility infrastructure policies ahead of the federal election. Nationally, regional road deaths represent around 62 per cent of road fatalities, despite the regions accounting for less than a third of the population.
“We have also identified that $350 million is required to upgrade high-risk intersections in metropolitan Melbourne, including funding for raised safety platforms, roundabouts and grade separation,” Executive General Manager of Motoring and Mobility, Phil Turnbull, said.
“A further $250 million is required to make local streets safer, including speed reductions in high pedestrian zones and investment in chicanes and traffic calming safety infrastructure.”