Drivers are being urged to slow down, plan their trips, and make safe choices when hitting the road these holidays.
Last year, 23 people died on Victorian roads from the start of December to Christmas Day, and six people lost their lives between Christmas and the New Year. That is almost one person every day.
The death toll at the beginning of December this year was 195, a record low, but that is no comfort for the families and friends facing Christmas without their loved ones.
“The festive period is a busy, high-risk time on Victorian roads with people taking longer trips, and attending social events, so our message is to avoid fatigued driving, drink and drug-driving, distractions, and slow down,” says Samantha Cockfield of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).
In the bustle and stress of the Christmas holiday period, it is easy to lose concentration through excessive haste, or simple impatience.
According to the Herald Sun, Victoria is the worst state in Australia for “rear end” collisions. Insurance firm AAMI’s Crash Index shows that a third of all crashes in the state were of this kind, while a quarter occurred because of failure to give way.