Road Crime

What is road crime?

The law defines a reportable road traffic collision as a collision involving a mechanically-propelled vehicle which causes injury or damage to another person(s) other than the driver of the vehicle. 

Causes of road traffic collisions can include:

  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Speeding
  • Driver error/failing to observe properly
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs 
  • Using a mobile phone while driving 
  • Reckless driving (dangerous overtaking, tailgating, changing lanes without signalling, ignoring road traffic signs and signals)
  • Distractions (selecting music, conversing with passengers, eating, lighting a cigarette)
  • Fatigue 
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • Defective road surfaces