Calls to be present this festive season
A message from the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) to drivers in the Wimmera Mallee is to keep each other safe and be present on our roads this festive season.
It follows a horror period on the state's roads with almost one person killed every day over the past month, and a large number of fatalities in country Victoria.
All road users are being urged to slow down, plan their trips and make safe choices before and while hitting the road these holidays, especially those travelling on country roads where motorists are four times more likely to be killed than in metropolitan Melbourne.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said after so many lives have been lost we want everyone to be with their loved ones this Christmas.
“November was a tragic month on Victoria’s roads and with the busy festive season approaching we’re asking all Victorians to ‘Be Present’ this Christmas,” he said.
"We want all Victorians to make good choices before they get behind the wheel and when they’re on the roads this Christmas – the best gift we can give our loved ones is just to be there.”
An increased police presence will be seen over the Christmas period and into the New Year with almost 1000 additional hours of police shifts on Victoria’s roads.
The TAC is urging motorists to play their role in ensuring everyone makes it to their destination safely.
TAC Road Safety Manager Samantha Buckis said they want no spare seats at the dinner table this Christmas.
“The festive period is a busy, high-risk time on Victorian roads, with people taking longer trips to see family and friends," she said.
"Unfortunately since the start of November we've seen a high number of people killed on Victorian roads, particularly in regional areas.
"This is a happy time when there should be no empty seats at the dinner table so we need everyone to make a commitment to be safe on our roads and be there for each other.
"We are asking people to plan their journey, include rest stops and take their time to arrive safely."
So far this year 230 lives have been lost on Victorian roads.