Speed, distraction and alcohol the three main factors in car crashes according to police.KATHLEEN TONINI November 14, 2012 4:32am
Campaspe police service area Inspector Martin Dorman (left) and Acting Sergeant and Campaspe Highway Patrol Kris Sutton would like to see a decrease in the number of deaths on district roads.
Nine people died on the road in Campaspe last year, mostly in 100km zones.
Campaspe police service area Inspector Martin Dorman said between October 2010 an September 2011 there were two fatal car crashes.
But between October 11 and September this year the number of fatalities more than quadrupled, to nine.
Insp. Dorman said eight of the nine incidents happened in 100km zones and six involved a car running off the road and hitting a fixed object in a 100km zone.
Inps. Dorman said there had also been a 50 per cent rise in serious injuries during the same period.
The nine fatal incidents included when Angelique Kolenaty was hit and killed by a train on Ogilvie Ave in June and the death of a 77-year-old cyclist who came off his bike in Kyabram.
‘‘Even if you take those two out that aren’t (by) motor car, seven is still unacceptable,’’ Insp. Dorman said.
He said speed, distraction and alcohol were the three main factors in car crashes and local police were aiming to cap the rise in fatal road crashes.
‘‘We don’t need any more fatals,’’ he said.
‘‘Between now and January 6 there is an expectation that most cars in the area will be pulled up once or more for preliminary breath-testing and all our police cars will be basically booze buses.’’
Insp Dorman said road safety was an annual focus, especially because of the number of people visiting the area during the holiday period.
‘‘With the amount of distractions these days with mobile phones, all the modern gadgets that are in modern cars
A number of national and Victoria Police operations will be in force over the coming weeks, including Operation Raid which focuses on drink and drug driving, Operation Break-up, Operation Crossroads and Operation Freshstart.
‘‘At this time of the year, we tend to narrow our focus to eliminate that harm to individuals,’’ Insp. Dorman said.
‘‘With policing and enforcement, you hope to change people’s outlook and what they’re doing behind the wheel and ultimately it’s about changing the culture of, as a state, how we drive our motor cars.’’
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Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
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A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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