The number of crashes in Benalla that resulted in serious injury has halved in the last 12 months.August 7, 2014 3:31am
New Transport Accident Commission statistics have revealed the number of injuries requiring hospitalisation that occurred on Benalla roads has halved in the past year.
Seven people were hospitalised for injuries from road crashes in Benalla between July 28 last year and the same date this year; 14 people were hospitalised in the same period in 2012-13.
Both sets of data revealed the majority of injuries came from crashes when the vehicle ran off a straight road.
Benalla police Highway Patrol Sergeant Jeffrey Kyne said driver distraction and fatigue were major contributors to crashes when vehicles ran off a straight road.
‘‘I don’t care who you are, if you’re in a car and the phone rings you will divert your attention to the phone,’’ Sgt Kyne said.
One person died on Benalla roads in the past year, when a vehicle drove off a straight road.
Four people died on the roads in Benalla in the 2012-13 period, two occurred when a vehicle ran off a straight road and two occurred in crashes with vehicles driving in adjacent directions.
‘‘We’re throwing it back to the individual driver or passengers in cars, if they notice that their driver’s wandering over the road, pull over and have a break for 10 to 15 minutes and recharge before continuing on the trip,’’ Sgt Kyne said.
The reduction in fatalities and serious injuries could be due to a number of things, including luck, Sgt Kyne said.
‘‘We can certainly help luck be on our side — I believe if we are driving more modern motor cars, that certainly assists in reducing the level of injuries that drivers or passengers receive, with airbags and ABS braking and side impact air curtains and the like,’’ he said.
‘‘I can say that the degree of speed out on our local roads is less now than it was 12 months ago because the (Highway Patrol) team is certainly finding there are less tickets coming across the table for high speed than there used to be.
‘‘Our biggest blight at the moment would probably be drugs, and at the moment we’re still working on trying to get more drug testing done in and around Benalla, and that’s going to happen in the future.
‘‘I can promise you there’ll be a noticeable increase in that.’’
Across Greater Shepparton, Moira, Campaspe, Strathbogie, Mitchell and Benalla municipalities 19 people were killed between July 28 last year and the same date this year.
Thirty-four people died on the roads during the same period in 2012-13.
Police are asking for information about an assault in Shepparton that left a man with serious facial injuries and broken bones last month.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Emily Umbers has been helping members of the Maasai community to get a toilet.
St Joseph’s Primary School students took part in an extended after-school stay.
Fraser sure has aces in spades
A great day brought big numbers to Station St in Seymour.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
Nominations are being sought for the annual Axedale CWA community youth award.
Access to Ulupna Island has been blocked at key points, leaving local residents and businesses rallying for a re-opening in a bid to save tourism dollars.
Deniliquin McDonald's raised more than $1300 for McHappy Day on Saturday.
Up to14 new full-time jobs will be created at Pactum Dairy Group in Shepparton, with the company set to embark on an $18million expansion at its factory.
Alma Nungarrayi Granites is the most successful of the Warlukurlangu artists who still live at Yuendumu and enjoys teaching children about aboriginal culture and art.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.