Easter 2018

Over Easter weekend 2018 there were 4 fatal crashes. These crashes resulted in 6 deaths.

The 6 deaths were:

  • 2 drivers
  • 1 motor cycle rider
  • 3 passengers

Easter 2017

The official Easter holiday period for 2017 began at 4pm Thursday 13 April and ended at 6am Tuesday 18 April.

Over Easter weekend 2017 there were 2 fatal crashes and 132 reported injury crashes. These crashes resulted in 2 deaths, 39 serious injuries and 131 minor injuries

The 2 deaths were:

  • 1 driver
  • 1 pedestrian

Nearly half (48%) of the crashes reported during the Easter weekend occurred on the open road.

Common types of crashes:

• 46% of crashes were single vehicle crashes in which a driver lost control or ran off the road
• 22% were intersection collisions
• 15% were rear end crashes or collisions with obstructions (such as parked vehicles)

The remaining crashes were pedestrians (7%), head-on (6%), manoeuvring (2%), overtaking (1%) and miscellaneous (1%).

The most common driver factors contributing to crashes:

• travelling too fast for conditions (25%)
• losing control (24% of crashes)
• failing to give way (22%)
• inattention (19%)
• alcohol (18%)

Easter 2016

The official Easter holiday period for 2016 began at 4pm Thursday 24 March and ended at 6am Tuesday 29 March.

Over Easter weekend 2016 there were 4 fatal crashes and 102 reported injury crashes. These crashes resulted in 4 deaths, 40 serious injuries and 102 minor injuries.

The 4 deaths were:

  • 2 drivers
  • 1 passenger
  • 1 pedestrian (skateboarder).

Over half of the crashes reported during the Easter weekend occurred on the open road.

Common types of crashes:

  • 46% of crashes were single vehicle crashes in which a driver lost control or ran off the road
  • 25% were intersection collisions
  • 11% were rear end crashes or collisions with obstructions (such as parked vehicles)

 The remaining crashes were pedestrian (9%), head-on (3%), manoeuvring (3%), overtaking (2%) and miscellaneous (1%).

The most common driver factors contributing to crashes:

  • losing control (30% of crashes)
  • travelling too fast for conditions (23%)
  • inattention (19%)
  • failing to give way (18%)
  • alcohol (16%)

Historical

Historical Easter fatalities and injuries since 1980
 YearDeaths Injuries 
1980  15 213 
1981   5 248 
1982   13 240 
1983   11 285 
1984   15 258 
1985   9 291 
1986   15 254 
1987   19 254 
1988   12 283 
1989   16 214 
1990   17 237 
1991   12 238 
1992   12 185 
1993   11 165 
1994   10 228 
1995   9 192 
1996   7 229 
1997   6 218 
1998   3 176 
1999   7 145 
2000   6 134 
2001   4 161 
2002   3 214 
2003   3 190 
2004   4 170 
2005   9 209 
2006   5 170 
2007   6 206 
2008   9 196 
2009   7 193 
2010   12 231 
2011   5 202 
2012 0 135
2013 3 127
2014 5  140
2015 1 143
2016 4 142
2017 2  170
2018 6  

The lowest Easter number of road deaths was 0 in 2012. The highest recorded number killed is 21 which was recorded in 1971.

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