North Sydney Crash Analysis Report

Key facts relating to crashes in North Sydney:

  • In 2016 there were 216 crashes in North Sydney, which is lower than 2015 and the five-year average of 267.
  • There were no fatalities in 2016.
  • The highest percentage of crashes for North Sydney occurred in the 30-39-year age group with 22.3%.
  • Speed was the greatest contributing factor for all crashes in North Sydney contributing to 8.8% of all crashes. This was an increase from 2015 (5.9%) but lower than the five-year average (10%).
  • The percentage of crashes involving fatigue in 2016 (5.1%) was lower than 2014 (6%) and the five-year average (5.6%).
  • The percentage of alcohol related crashes increased from 1.8% in 2015 to 3.2% in 2016, which is slightly higher than the five-year average (3%).
  • Motor vehicle driver casualties were significantly higher than other road casualties for North Sydney at 50.1%.
  • Motorcycle casualties are the second highest casualties in North Sydney (20.3%) which is significantly higher than for Sydney (9.4%) and NSW (10.1%).
  • Pedestrians are the third highest road user group for casualties for North Sydney at 11.3%, which is higher than Sydney’s casualties at 7.8% and NSW casualties at 6.3%.
  • Motor vehicle passengers are the equal third road user group for casualties for North Sydney with 11.3% which is lower than Sydney and NSW with 14.3% and 15.6% respectively.
  • Pedal Cycles had the lowest casualties for North Sydney (6.8%) however they were double that of Sydney (3.4%) and NSW (3.6%).
  • Between 2012-2016, the 30-39-year age group on average had the highest number of casualties across most road user classes with:
  • 23 motor vehicle driver casualties;
  • 10 motorcycle casualties, 8 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 slightly more female casualties overall.
  • North Sydney had more motor vehicle driver casualties not wearing occupant restraints with 1.6% compared to 1.4% for NSW and 0.9% for Sydney Region.
  • North Sydney’s proportion of motor vehicle passenger casualties not wearing seatbelts was significantly higher with a total of 4.5% compared to 2.3% for NSW and 1.9% 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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