North Sydney Crash Analysis Report

Key facts relating to crashes in North Sydney:

  • In 2017 there were 203 crashes in North Sydney, which is lower than 2016 and the five-year average of 246.
  • There was one fatality in 2017.
  • The highest percentage of crashes for North Sydney occurred in the 30-39-year age group with 21.9%.
  • Speed was the greatest contributing factor for all crashes in North Sydney contributing to 5.4% of all crashes. Crashes involving speed dropped and were at their lowest in 2017, significantly below the five-year average of 9.1%.
  • The percentage of crashes involving fatigue were at their lowest in 2017 (4.4%).
  • Alcohol related crashes decreased slightly in 2017 (3.0%) and were below the five-year average (3.1%).
  • Motor vehicle driver casualties were significantly higher than other road casualties for North Sydney at 46.9%. In 2017, they were slightly lower than the five-year average (47.8%).
  • Motorcycle casualties are the second highest casualties in North Sydney (16.9%) which is significantly higher than for Sydney (9.8%) and NSW (10.6%).
  • Pedestrians are the third highest road user group for casualties for North Sydney at 11.4%, which is higher than Sydney’s casualties at 8% and NSW casualties at 6.1%.
  • Motor vehicle passengers are the equal lowest road user group for casualties for North Sydney with 11.9% which is lower than Sydney and NSW with 14.7% and 16.5% respectively.
  • Pedal cyclists also had the lowest casualties for North Sydney (11.9%) but they were triple that of Sydney (4.1%) and NSW (3.7%).
  • Between 2013-2017, the 30-39-year age group on average had the highest number of casualties across most road user classes with:
    • 21 motor vehicle driver casualties;
    • 8 motorcycle casualties, 7 being male;
    • 6 pedal cycle casualties, 5 being male;
    • 5 pedestrian casualties.
  • Motor vehicle passenger casualties were, on average, fairly consistent over all age groups and genders with slightly more casualties in the 0-16 age group and more female casualties overall.
  • North Sydney had more motor vehicle driver casualties not wearing occupant restraints (0.9%) than Sydney Region (0.7%), but less than NSW (1.2%).
  • North Sydney’s proportion of motor vehicle passenger casualties not wearing seatbelts was higher with a total of 2.2% compared to 2.1% for NSW and 1.5% for Sydney Region. Though it must be noted that numbers were small.
  • Helmet use for motorcyclists and pedal cyclists indicates that North Sydney had a much lower proportion of casualties not wearing a helmet than NSW and Sydney Region.

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