The coronavirus pandemic has not significantly decreased Australia's road deaths in 2020, despite lockdowns curbing road use.
Preliminary figures show almost 1100 people were killed on Australia's roads in 2020, down from 1188 in 2019.
Queensland road deaths in 2020 were actually higher than the previous year and other states
Lives were lost in every state and territory with NSW leading the toll with 296 fatalities up to December 30.
Queensland was just behind, with 265 deaths in the period up to December 20 and Victoria recording 213 deaths up to December 30.
The NSW figure was down from 351 deaths the previous year. Most of those killed in NSW were drivers and were male. The 26-39-year-old age group made up most of the deaths.
Victoria's road toll of 213 fell compared to 265 deaths the previous year, however police have said the lower number of deaths should offer no comfort.
The state had the harshest pandemic lockdown in the nation which reduced road use for months, but Road Policing Command Assistant Commissioner Libby Murphy said road trauma per 10,000 vehicles was actually higher than usual.
The lack of traffic on roads had resulted in an alarming increase in dangerous speeding above 145 kmh, she said.
Fatalities were also caused by drug and alcohol use, fatigue and distraction from mobile phones.
Regional and rural residents were again over-represented in Victorian road deaths.
"Rural people are dying on rural roads. It's not city people who don't know how to drive on rural roads," Assistant Commissioner Murphy told reporters on new year's day.
Cyclists were the only road user group to see an increase in deaths, with 13 fatalities in 2020 compared to 11 the previous year.
The majority of those killed on Victorian roads were males and most were drivers.
Queensland saw an increase in road deaths despite restrictions taking many vehicles off the road for large chunks of 2020.
Up to December 20, there were 265 fatalities from 239 crashes and most of those who died were drivers.
According to the state's Transport and Main Roads, the year's deaths are up 21 per cent, or 46 more fatalities, than the same period in 2019, and up 12.7 per cent on the previous five-year average.
Queensland's preliminary figures show 20 per cent of the fatalities involved speeding and 20 per cent involved drink drivers or riders.
In the year to December 23, there were 154 lives lost in WA, compared to 161 in 2019.
In the same period in NT, 32 have been killed on the roads compared to 35 last year.
The ACT has recorded seven deaths and to November there were 36 deaths in Tasmania, which is up on the previous year.
In SA, in the period to December 30, the number of road deaths was 96, down from 114 the previous year.
Australia's national road toll for 2019 was 1188. Final road toll figures for 2020 are expected to be released in January.