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Four fatalities in Campaspe in 2013

Campaspe Shire saw four fatalities in 2013, down from nine the previous year.

January 8, 2014 4:33am

Last year was a better year for drivers in Campaspe Shire than the one before, provisional road toll statistics for 2013 reveal.

According to Transport Accident Commission statistics released last week, there were four fatalities on Campaspe Shire roads last year compared to nine in 2012.

The worst year for fatalities in Campaspe Shire was 1995, with 14 deaths (13 male, one female) recorded on district roads.

In 2013, 242 lives were lost on Victorian roads, compared to 282 in 2012.

It is the sixth consecutive year the road toll has fallen and the biggest drop in a decade.

Drivers accounted for 121 deaths, a decrease of 17.1 per cent, pedestrian deaths increased by 2.9 per cent (36) and motorcyclists accounted for 39 deaths.

Regional Victoria, however, recorded its highest ever share of the road toll, accounting for 145 of the 242 total deaths.

Leading Senior Constable Simon Pearson of Rochester police said even with fewer fatalities in the shire than last year, every fatality was a tragedy.

‘‘It has devastating effects for the families,’’ he said.

He said district police would continue efforts to reduce the road toll.

‘‘We’ll do what we can to reduce it further,’’ he said.

A review of articles about road fatalities in Campaspe News last year shows several deaths occurred on district roads near Rochester.

In January, a Langwarrin woman died after a two-car collision on the Northern Hwy near Elmore.

A 30-year-old Tongala woman died in a truck crash on the Northern Hwy near Rochester in March.

The Tongala woman’s death was the third fatality on roads in northern Victoria that week, following a fatality on the roads near Tatura and another near Katamatite.

Lockington mourned the death of local Greg Meyer after he was killed in a collision in May, while a 62-year-old Tennyson man was killed and a Hunter woman flown to hospital near Rochester in June.

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