The latest Transport Accident Commission statistics show the number of road crash deaths in the region has halved during the past year.ESTELLE GRIEPINK July 23, 2014 3:04am
Fatalities on the region’s roads have halved during the past year, new Transport Accident Commission statistics reveal.
Seventeen people were killed in road crashes in the Greater Shepparton, Moira, Campaspe, Strathbogie, Mitchell and Benalla municipalities between July 21 last year and July 21 this year.
Thirty-four people were killed during the same period in 2012-13.
In addition to the fatalities, 85 people were hospitalised because of injuries from road crashes in the past year.
The majority of the crashes occurred when a vehicle ran off a straight road.
Shepparton police Leading Senior Constable Glenn Gibson said the statistics showed an improvement in road safety, but urged drivers not to become complacent.
‘‘One death is still too many, we should never take good results for granted,’’ he said. ‘‘Every week we have new drivers coming on to the roads and getting their licence, so we just have to keep getting that message across.’’
Leading Sen Const Gibson said drivers and police needed to work together to ensure safety on the roads.
‘‘Drivers do have some control of their environment to reduce distractions as best they can, so they can have a better chance of arriving at their destination safely,’’ he said.
‘‘Enforcement has got its place too and that’s why police are out there enforcing road rules.
‘‘Those members are generally the ones who attend road accidents first so they are very motivated (to enforce road rules) on that basis.’’
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