2017

The official holiday period for Labour Day Weekend for 2017 began at 1600 Friday 20 October and ended at 0600 Tuesday 24 October.

During Labour weekend in 2017 there were 4 fatal crashes, resulting in 5 deaths.

The 5 deaths were:

  • 3 passengers
  • 1 motor cycle rider
  • 1 pedal cyclist

2016

The official holiday period for Labour Day Weekend for 2016 began at 1600 Friday 21 October and ended at 0600 Tuesday 25 October.

During Labour weekend in 2016 there were 3 fatal crashes and 94 reported injury crashes. These crashes resulted in 3 deaths, 26 serious injuries and 114 minor injuries.

The 3 deaths were:

  • 2 drivers
  • 1 motor cycle rider

Over half (57 percent) of the injuries occurred on the open road. 53 percent of crashes were single vehicle crashes in which a driver lost control or ran off the road, 13 percent were intersection collisions, 11 percent were rear-end or collisions with obstruction crashes and 7 percent were head-on collisions.

The most commonly cited contributing factors for crashes over Labour weekend were losing control (32 percent), travelling too fast for conditions (24 percent), inattention (14 percent), alcohol (13 percent), failed to give way or stop (11 percent) and failed to keep left (11 percent).

2015

The official holiday period for Labour Day Weekend for 2015 began at 1600 Friday 23 October and ended at 0600 Tuesday 27 October.

During Labour weekend in 2015 there were 5 fatal crashes and 94 reported injury crashes. These crashes resulted in 5 deaths, 21 serious injuries and 107 minor injuries.

The 5 deaths were:

  • 1 driver
  • 2 motorcycle riders
  • 2 pedestrians.

About half (49 percent) of the injuries occurred on the open road. 41 percent of crashes were single vehicle crashes in which a driver lost control or ran off the road, 23 percent were intersection collisions, 15 percent were rear-end or collisions with obstruction crashes and 8 percent were head-on collisions.

The most commonly cited contributing factors for crashes over Labour weekend were losing control (36 percent), travelling too fast for conditions (31 percent), alcohol (25 percent), inattention (19 percent), failed to give way or stop (15 percent) and failed to keep left (10 percent).

Historical

The toll of 1 in 2013 was the lowest since the first available records for holiday periods in 1956. The previous lowest toll was 2 deaths in 1977. The highest recorded number killed is 16 which was recorded in 1978.

YearDeathsInjuries
1980 9 232
1981 10 266
1982 7 208
1983 13 248
1984 9 218
1985 10 225
1986 6 232
1987 12 243
1988 10 213
1989 5 181
1990 9 225
1991 11 180
1992 9 178
1993 8 149
1994 7 191
1995 7 220
1996 5 153
1997 5 119
1998 8 124
1999 6 139
2000 7 141
2001 6 142
2002 3 135
2003 3 117
2004 5 136
2005 3 113
2006 3 199
2007 4 145
2008 4 159
2009 9 132
2010 8 125
2011 8 109
2012 6 112
2013 1 111
2014 3 102
2015 5  128
2016 3 140