2019

The official Queen’s Birthday holiday period for 2019 began at 1600 Friday 31 May and ended at 0600 hours Tuesday 4 June.

Over Queen’s Birthday weekend 2019 provisionally there were 6 fatal crashes. These crashes resulted in 6 deaths.

The 6 deaths were:

  • 4 drivers
  • 1 motorcycle rider
  • 1 motorcycle passenger

2018

The official Queen’s Birthday holiday period for 2018 began at 1600 Friday 1 June and ended at 0600 hours Tuesday 5 June.

Over Queen’s Birthday weekend 2018 there were 2 fatal crashes and 118 reported injury crashes. These crashes resulted in 3 deaths, 36 serious injuries and 122 minor injuries.

The 3 deaths were:

  • 2 drivers
  • 1 passenger

53% of the fatal and injury crashes reported during the weekend occurred on the open road.

Common types of crashes:

  • 43% of crashes were single vehicle crashes in which a driver lost control or ran off the road
  • 15% were intersection collisions
  • 14% were rear end/obstruction crashes
  • 14% were overtaking and/or head on crashes

 The most common driver factors contributing to crashes:

  • losing control (35% of crashes)
  • alcohol (17%)
  • travelling too fast for conditions (17%)
  • did not see other party (17%)
  • failed to give way (13%)
  • inattention (11%)

2017

The official holiday period for Queen's Birthday Weekend for 2017 began at 4pm Friday 2 June and ended at 6am Tuesday 6 June.

Over Queen’s Birthday weekend 2017 there were 4 fatal crashes and 97 reported injury crashes. These crashes resulted in 4 deaths, 31 serious injuries and 106 minor injuries.

 The 4 deaths were:

  • 1 driver
  • 2 passengers
  • 1 pedestrian

About 35% of the fatal and injury crashes reported during the weekend occurred on the open road.

Common types of crashes:

• 36% of crashes were single vehicle crashes in which a driver lost control or ran off the road
• 17% were intersection collisions
• 17% were overtaking and/or head on crashes

The most common driver factors contributing to crashes:

• travelling too fast for conditions (31% of crashes)
• alcohol (25%)
• losing control (23%)
• failing to give way (19%)
• inexperience (16%)
• inattention (13%)

Historical

The road toll of zero in 2013 is the lowest for the Queen's Birthday holiday weekend. The previous lowest was the 1 death recorded in 2011. The highest number killed is 24 which was recorded in 1973.

Year Deaths Injuries
1980 7 197
1981 15 158
1982 9 229
1983 5 211
1984 11 223
1985 12 231
1986 13 239
1987 8 259
1988 8 202
1989 13 214
1990 9 220
1991 6 177
1992 9 172
1993 3 179
1994 7 214
1995 2 189
1996 10 186
1997 7 156
1998 4 134
1999 8 109
2000 7 96
2001 5 125
2002 3 141
2003 4 131
2004 4 146
2005 3 136
2006 3 154
2007 5 188
2008 3 166
2009 10 159
2010 2 129
2011 1 107
2012 7 107
2013 0 86
2014 6 116
2015 5 137
2016 11 135
2017 4 138
2018 3 158
2019 6