Police reminder amid drop in Victoria's fatality rate

The number of truck accidents in Victoria has dropped by 2 percent in 2012 from the year before

February 5, 2013

The number of truck accidents in Victoria has dropped by 2 percent in 2012 from the year before.

Heavy vehicles were involved in 44 fatal collisions, which is 17 percent of the overall 261 fatal collisions.

Some 282 people died on Victoria’s roads last year, which is five less than in 2011.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Robert Hill has reminded drivers to stay safe.

"While a fifth consecutive low road toll is something the community should be congratulated for, we can never rest on our laurels and need to strive for no deaths on Victorian roads," Hill says.

"Forty-one percent of people killed on Victorian roads last year were 50 or older and with an ageing population we can expect this number to increase in the coming years.

"Most older people are perfectly capable in driving safely and are some of our best drivers, however physical and mental changes that accompany ageing can impact the capabilities of older drivers."

Twenty-one percent of people killed on the roads last year were aged between 18 and 24.

There were 282 overall fatalities resulting from 261 fatal collisions, with 129 of those killed in Melbourne and 152 in regional Victoria – which is down from 158 in 2011.

While males accounted for the majority of people killed, the number of women (84) was up by 9 percent.

Drivers accounted for 146 fatalities, which is up by 20 percent. There were 35 pedestrian deaths – down by 14 percent. Forty-one people who did not wear a seatbelt died.

"How 41 people who lost their lives on our roads were not wearing a seatbelt just baffles me. That is one in five people," Hill says.

"We have had seatbelt legislation in place in this state for more than 40 years. It is estimated that wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of death or serious injury by 50 percent.

"Whether you’re travelling a short distance down the road or on a long journey, always wear a seatbelt – there’s no excuse."

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