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Road toll forums

By McIvor Times

REGIONAL Victorians will have the opportunity to share and hear ideas on how to improve road safety in their area at a series of community forums to be held across the state in the coming months.

It has been a shocking first half of the year on Victoria’s roads, with 152 deaths, compared with 98 at the same time last year — an increase of 55%.

Much of the increase has happened on regional Victoria roads, where 92 people have been killed, compared with 51 at the same time last year.

Tragically, it is country people dying on country roads — more than two thirds of people killed on regional roads this year have died within 30 kilometres of their home.

Minister for Roads, Road Safety and TAC Jaala Pulford said: “Close-knit regional communities are often the hardest hit by the devastating and long-lasting impacts of road trauma. Similarly, they are incredibly effective at rallying for a common cause.”

Eight road safety forums will be held during July, August and September, with forums to be held in Ballarat, Marysville, Shepparton, Sale, Geelong, Portland, Bendigo and Mildura.

Attendees are asked to arrive at 5.45pm for a 6pm start. All forums will finish at 7.30pm.

For more information, including dates and locations of forums, visit tac.vic.gov.au/regional-road-safety-forum