RUN-off-road crashes remain the single biggest cause of deaths on Victoria’s country roads, new data has revealed.
Roads and Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan joined TAC chief executive Joe Calafiore and VicRoads Acting chief executive Peter Todd last week to release the 2017 road trauma figures. The data shows 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.
“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,” Mr Donnellan said.
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.
The state government says it is rolling out more than 2000km of flexible safety barriers, thousands of kilometres of rumble strips and new turning and overtaking lanes.