Regional communities have their say on road safety

The Victorian Government will hold eight road safety community roundtables across the state to seek views on reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on regional roads.

The roundtables follow last week’s Road Safety Summit, where experts and community leaders gathered to discuss what could be done to address the Victorian road toll.

Key themes to emerge from the summit include enforcement, speed limits, technology and infrastructure. The roundtables will explore these issues with a local focus.

Roads Minister Jaala Pulford said the majority of the year’s road deaths occurred on regional roads, with 86 people killed compared to 47 at the same time last year.

“Country people are dying on their local roads. More than two thirds of people killed on country Victorian roads this year, have died within 30 kilometres of their home,” Ms. Pulford said.

“Overall, 143 people have died on the state’s roads this year, compared with 88 at the same time last year – an increase of 63 per cent.”

Ms. Pulford said government would consider ideas from the summit and community roundtables as part of the next road safety strategy, which is currently being developed.

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