Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Run-off-road crashes remain the single biggest cause of deaths on Victoria’s country roads, new road trauma data has revealed.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan today joined TAC CEO Joe Calafiore and VicRoads Acting CEO Peter Todd to release 2017 road trauma figures.

The data shows that of the 155 people who died on Victoria’s rural roads last year, 109 were involved in a crash where a vehicle left its lane, with 72 lives lost in single-vehicle crashes on the roadside, and 37 deaths resulting from a head-on collision.

Run-off-road crashes are the major factor in regional road trauma rates across the state, with all regions recording more deaths from this crash type than any other.

Regional Victoria remains tragically over-represented in the number of lives lost on Victorian roads.

The number of people killed on rural roads increased by five in 2017, from 150 to 155, while Victoria’s overall lives lost figure dipped from 290 in 2016 to 257 last year.

It’s not only fatalities that are over-represented in country areas, one in five people seriously injured are on high-speed regional roads.

To make our roads safer and prevent these sorts of crashes, the Andrews Labor Government is investing a record $1.1 billion in the Towards Zero Action Plan, which includes $340 million dedicated to infrastructure improvements on Victoria’s most high-risk rural roads.

The Labor Government is installing more than 2000km of flexible safety barriers, which have been proven to reduce run-off-road and head-on crashes by as much as 85 per cent.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan:

“Drivers on country roads are four times more likely to be killed on our roads than drivers in the city. It’s simply unacceptable – that’s why we’re investing more than $1 billion to make our country roads safer.”

“We’re investing in the things we know save lives on country roads, rolling out more than 2,000 kilometres of flexible safety barriers; thousands of kilometres of rumble strips as well as new turning and overtaking lanes.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing:

“We know that Gippsland’s road users are overrepresented in the number of serious crashes and fatalities across Victoria every year, and we also know that wire rope barriers save lives.” 

“We will continue to roll out these barriers and other road safety measures across the region, because they reduce the number and severity of crashes, and ultimately save lives”.