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Inquiry into Victoria’s road death toll

By Liz Mellino

So far this year 12 lives have tragically been taken on roads across the state.

With a total of 266 lives lost on Victoria's roads last year, seven of those in Greater Shepparton, the Legislative Council is conducting a parliamentary Inquiry into the increase in the state's road toll.

While hundreds of families were impacted by last year's alarming statistics, community members are being encouraged to share their input and help find a solution.

The Legislative Council's Economy and Infrastructure Committee will work to examine how Victoria's Towards Zero 2016-2020 Road Safety Strategy plans to reduce fatalities.

State Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp is calling on locals to submit their views and suggestions to be considered by the committee.

“All road deaths are an absolute tragedy,” Mr Gepp said.

“Fatalities and serious injuries on our roads affect families and communities across Victoria – which is why the committee is inviting people to contribute their views and suggestions to our inquiry.”

Among many issues, the committee will consider the adequacy and scope of drug and alcohol testing, distractions while driving, such as smart phone use, as well as speed-enforcement measures and speed-management policies.

Measures to improve the affordability of new vehicles with driver-assist technology and the adequacy of driver-training programs will also be examined.

Mr Gepp said the committee would also look at road standards and road maintenance.

“As a community, we need to work together to look at why this is happening and what measures can be done to turn these figures around,” he said.

Written public submissions to the inquiry are open until January 31, with public hearings to be held this year.

● Details on how to make a submission are available from the committee’s website at www.parliament.vic.gov.au/eic-lc/inquiry/977