ROAD TRAFFIC FATALITIES AND INJURIES
The data in this chapter are sourced directly from Victoria Police. Fatalities and injuries data are based on the Local Government Area (LGA) in which the accident occurred rather than the usual place of residence of the person(s) involved in the accident.
Data were provided by Victoria Police as aggregates at LGA level. It is not possible to derive exact data for Melbourne and Gippsland Statistical Divisions (SDs) as Yarra Ranges (S) LGA is split across these two SDs. In this chapter, Yarra Ranges (S) LGA as a whole has been included with the LGAs in the Melbourne SD to form a region referred to as Melbourne Metropolitan Area (MMA). Consequently, Gippsland SD as presented here excludes Yarra Ranges (S) - Pt B Statistical Local Area (SLA).
Victoria recorded 18,476 road traffic injuries during the 2009 calendar year, a decrease of 924 (4.8%) from the previous calendar year. In the MMA, traffic injuries decreased by 6.9%, whereas outside the MMA they increased by 0.2%.
Decreases in the number of road traffic injuries were observed in 43 LGAs between 2008 and 2009, with the largest decreases recorded in Kingston (C) (-151), Greater Dandenong (C) (-126) and Cardinia (S) (-81) LGAs.
Increases in the number of road traffic injuries were recorded in 32 LGAs over the same period, with the largest increase recorded in Whittlesea (C) (45) LGA, followed by Alpine (S) (44) and South Gippsland (S) (39) LGAs.
There were 290 road traffic fatalities in Victoria in 2009, a decrease of 13 (4.3%) compared with 2008. Around half (146 fatalities) were recorded in the MMA (22 less than in 2008), while the remaining 144 fatalities were recorded outside the MMA (an increase of 9 or 6.7%).
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