South Australia's Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan's visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data has been updated as at December 2017.


22. Road safety:

Reduce road fatalities and serious injuries by at least 30% by 2020

Key Measure



Explanatory Comments

For the purposes of this target, persons killed or injured in road crashes include vehicle occupants and other road users (motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists.)

Road Fatalities

During the three year period from 2008 to 2010 there were 336 road fatalities in South Australia, equating to an average of 112 per year. In 2016 South Australia recorded 86 road fatalities.

A 30% reduction in road fatalities by 2020 equates to a target of 78.

Serious Injuries

During the three year period from 2008 and 2010 there was an average of 1,126 serious injuries as a result of road crashes in South Australia.  In 2016, this number had reduced to 692, which is the lowest serious injury total on record and exceeding the 30% reduction target.

Further information

Fatal crashes in the Adelaide metropolitan area decreased from 43 in 2015 to 32 in 2016. Rural fatal crashes also decreased, from 53 in 2015 to 45 in 2016. Fatal crashes in both areas are below previous 5 year averages. Serious injury crashes in the rural and metropolitan areas also decreased in 2016 from the previous 5 year average.   

 Fatalities amongst young road users aged 16-24 decreased from 17 in 2015 to 15 in 2016, this is equal to the previous 5 year average (2011-2015).  Serious injuries increased from 155 in 2015 to 167 in 2016, yet are below the 5 year average of 174.

 Older road user fatalities aged 70+ remained steady, 23 fatalities for this age group were recorded in 2016, this is the same number killed in 2015 and is one more than the previous 5 year average 2011-2015. Serious injuries increased from 80 in 2015 to 87 in 2016, but is still below the previous 5 year average of 73.

 The number of fatal crashes on 110km/h roads decreased from 28 crashes in 2015 to 17 crashes in 2016 and is lower than the 5 year average of 22 crashes. Fatal crashes on 100 km/h roads increased slightly from 18 crashes in 2015 to 19 crashes in 2016, but is still below the 5 year average of 23.

 45% of fatal crashes and 32% of serious injury crashes in 2016 occurred on roads with a speed limit of 100km/h or above, similar to the previous year and the 5 year average. 

Lead Agency

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure