Slow down, save lives

By Campaspe News

VICTORIAN drivers are being urged to slow down and adapt to changing conditions, with the onset of winter.

Sadly, 140 people have already lost their lives on Victorian roads this year, compared with 88 at the same time in 2018.

Last year, 45 people died during winter, compared with 61 in 2017.

‘‘It has been a heartbreaking year on our roads and with winter upon us, we really need all Victorian road users to take extra care and look out for each other,” Roads, Road Safety and TAC Minister Jaala Pulford said.

Wintry conditions magnify the dangers of driving, particularly on country Victorian roads, with black ice, fog, mist, rain, wind and land slips all potential hazards.

Motorists are being urged to slow down and drive to the conditions, plan their journeys well in advance, and make safe decisions including; avoiding fatigue, avoiding drink and drug driving and avoiding distractions.

This winter ensure your tyres are in good condition, you get plenty of rest before your journey, brake gently, turn your lights on, even during the day and reduce your speed in fog, mist or slippery conditions.