Authorities are reeling after a horror weekend on Victoria’s roads, with police saying the eight fatalities are a reminder of the ‘‘fragility of life’’.
Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer urged motorists to slow down and take care.
‘‘I’ve never seen anything like those numbers since I’ve been in this role,’’ he said.
‘‘The message if anything is the fragility of life, you’ve got people driving around in two tons of steel coupled with speed, coupled with complacency.’’
Mr Fryer was speaking at a road safety event with Victorian Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan in Melbourne.
‘‘In April, I say this in an unusual way, we only lost 10 people’s lives ... that was the best month we’ve had since we started collecting statistics,’’ Mr Donnellan said.
‘‘This weekend, that just smashed those figures out of the water and just highlighted to us all we need to work together with road safety, we need to take individual responsibility, we need to drive to the conditions.’’
Yesterday morning a driver lost control and went through a farm fence at Heathcote Junction.
He died at the scene, but the four passengers escaped unhurt.
Another driver died when his car struck a tree at Bright on the Great Alpine Rd about 10.35pm Saturday. The man was alone in the car.
Four women were killed when the car they were in was T-boned by another at Navarre as they were coming home from line-dancing on Saturday.
The two women in the front died holding hands. All four women died from internal injuries, Mr Fryer said.
‘‘The sight of the driver holding the passenger’s hand as she passed will haunt me for some time,’’ he said.
Earlier Saturday, a man, 58, died after his motorcycle collided with a bus. A woman, who was a passenger, died when the car she was in crashed into an embankment at Dixons Creek.