Victoria Police are begging motorists to be careful on the roads after 236 lives were lost on the roads in 2021.
The figure was the third lowest since the Transportation Accident Board started keeping records more than 30 years ago, but Assistant Traffic Police Commissioner Glenn Weir said it was still too high.
“Two hundred and thirty-six is not just a number… these are people whose lives were tragically cut short with families, friends and loved ones left behind – their lives changed forever. The real loss of those 236 lives is immeasurable, ”he said.
“Great strides have been made in improving road safety in recent years, but there are still scores of people killed or seriously injured on Victorian roads every year.
“As we enter a new year, we cannot stress enough that the responsibility for road safety rests with all of us. Everyone has the ability to make the right choices to ensure their safety, that of their passengers and other road users. “
In less than a week in 2022, there have already been three deaths on Victorian roads, including a 30-year-old man from Corio.
Emergency services were called to School Road, between Princes Highway and Shell Parade in Corio, at around 12:35 a.m. on New Years Day after a badly damaged utility vehicle was discovered.
The vehicle is believed to be heading east on School Road before crashing into a fence and tree.
The driver died before help arrived.
Police called anyone with information or on-board camera footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1-800-333,000.
While Victoria’s road toll in 2021 was below the five-year average of 247.8, police are concerned as there have been periods of lockdowns where traffic volumes on the roads have declined significantly.
There were 50 road deaths in November and December, after the latest blockades across the state were fully lifted.
The 236 deaths was an increase from 211 in 2020.
TAC data shows 173 of the lives lost were male. The 30-39 and 60-69 age groups had the most road fatalities, with 35 each.
Police said speeding continued to be a leading contributor to fatalities, with excessive or improper speed being suspected in about a fifth of fatal crashes.
There has also been an increase in seat belt non-compliance, with more than 30 people killed on the roads without seat belts and restraints.
“We will continue our enforcement efforts to deter and target illegal behavior by road users, with an emphasis on intentional high-risk driving, speeding, impaired driving, seat belt wearing safety, distraction and authorized driving, ”Mr. Weir said.