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.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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