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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
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An unwanted side effect of transport activity is accidents, the costs of which include loss of life or injury to persons, and destruction of, and damage to, equipment and infrastructure.

Transport related deaths fell by 12.6% in the 5 year period 1995 to 1999. Deaths from transport accidents occur across all transport modes; however, the great majority (92.5% in 1999) are associated with road transport. Table 23.19 shows transport-related deaths across the transport modes over the five years 1996 to 1999.

23.19 DEATHS(a) FROM TRANSPORT ACCIDENTS, By Mode, Australia - 1995 to 1999

Mode
1995

no.
1996

no.
1997

no.
1998

no.
1999

no.

Road -
- Motor vehicle traffic accidents
2,029
1,943
1,801
1,731
1,741
- Other
97
89
75
82
120
- Total
2,126
2,032
1,876
1,813
1,861
Rail
48
34
39
43
43
Water
60
59
48
39
57
Air
65
71
49
63
50
Total(b)
2,301
2,197
2,014
1,958
2,011

(a) Based on the International Classification of Deaths, Edition 9 (ICD9) for years up to and including 1998 and Edition 10 for 1999. Data in this table relate to year of registration of death and are based on death occurring up to one year following a transport accident. Data will therefore differ from the traffic fatalities shown in tables 23.21, 23.22 and 23.24 as data in those tables are based on year of occurrence of transport-related deaths which occur within 30 days of an incident.
(b) Includes vehicle accidents not elsewhere classifiable.

Source: Data available on request,
Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in each State and Territory.


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