WHILE most of us are settling into the working year as the festive season comes to an end, police are continuing the push for safe driving, after it was revealed four lives were lost across the state during the holiday period and 11 road accidents reported on our roads locally.
The 11 accidents, which included three without injuries caused, seven where minor injuries were inflicted and one where serious injuries were inflicted took place in Shepparton (3), Mooroopna (3), Tatura (1), Merrigum (1), Murchison (1), Kialla (1), and just outside of Kyabram (1).
Statewide, the provisional road toll has been reported to have increased for the first time since 2005, with 248 people killed on roads; five more than 2013.
Eastern Region Division Three Traffic Advisor, Senior Sergeant Ralph Willingham said, “Although the statewide road toll has increased, we’ve had a significant reduction in fatal road accidents in the City of Greater Shepparton. We’ve had two in the last calendar year compared with eight the year prior.
“Over the Christmas period this year, when compared with previous years, generally police are satisfied with road users.
“Although it may seem like there is a concentration of accidents in the Shepparton and Mooroopna areas, it actually all accounts to the larger volumes of vehicles on the road during the holiday period.
“We also saw there were less impounds and less dramatic hoon behaviour. There was nothing really untoward in that period and police are happy with this result.”