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 facilitator of a new program to help empower women with a disability to become leaders in the community says it is time to stand up.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The second annual Bonnie and Clyde Rods, Rats and Rides Festival fired up at Tatura Park at the weekend (April 11-12), drawing thousands of petrol heads and rockabilly music lovers to Tatura.
Race two of Kyabram’s Harness Racing meet, held at Echuca on Sunday evening, was declared a no-race when the Michael Bellman-driven Never Look Back fell with about 800m remaining.
Hundreds rose early for Dawn Services across the district on Saturday to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
Heathcote police are appealing for information after a woman was injured in a hit-and-run incident on Anzac Day.
Cobram Barooga locals are being asked to host an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for the Australian Cancer Council.
The Deniliquin Domestic Violence Liaison Committee hosted a community lunch at the ‘Rocket Park’ on Thursday to celebrate the launch of its new banner.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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