Spike In Lives Lost Prompts Police Road Safety Warning

Victoria Police is issuing an urgent road safety warning to all motorists following a horror period on Victorian roads.

Eight lives have been lost since Monday 8 July, bringing the total lives lost to 154, surpassing last year's total of 152 at the same time last year.

The latest fatal collision occurred just before midday today in Nathalia in the state's north, with two lives lost in a two-vehicle collision.

Four lives were lost in separate, single-vehicle collisions on Wednesday in Bannockburn, Truganina, Allan's Flat and Delahey.

Earlier this week, two drivers were both killed in a head on collision in Moriac on Monday evening.

The eight deaths this week means there have now been 14 lives lost in the first 11 days of July.

It marks the worst start to July since 2008, when 14 lives were lost in the first 11 days of that month.

While factors in these recent collisions are still under investigation, police are urging everyone to take extra care on the roads.

Motorists should consider slowing down and maintaining a safe braking distance, especially during periods of wet weather when roads are often slippery.

Poor visibility due to reduced daylight hours during winter can make it more difficult to see and be seen, so pay extra attention to your surroundings and avoid distractions, like mobile phones, while driving.

Avoid driving fatigued by taking regular breaks when travelling longer distances, and never get behind the wheel if you're impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Police are determined to drive down the rising road trauma and will prioritise road policing enforcement across the state throughout the month.

For more information and tips for staying safe on the roads visit the Road Safety page on the Victoria Police website.

Quotes attributable to Road Policing Assistant Commissioner Glenn Weir:

"It's been a horrific period on our roads - eight lives lost in four days is incredibly concerning to us.

"We're issuing an urgent plea to all motorists to please, take extra care on the roads. Now is not the time to be complacent - this should absolutely be cause for concern for everyone.

"We need everyone to stop and think - not only about their own safety, but how their decisions and behaviours behind the wheel can impact the safety of all others.

"Far too often we're seeing simple mistakes, like being slightly over the speed limit, or a split second of inattention, resulting in these catastrophic outcomes.

"We're committed to doing everything we can to drive down the rising trauma on our roads, but we can't do this alone. Everyone has a responsibility on the roads."

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