Road safety reminder this long weekend

Victorians hitting the road over the long weekend are being reminded to keep road safety front of mind.

The lead up to this year’s AFL Grand Final also marks the beginning of Victoria’s September school holidays, a traditionally busy time when families often embark on road trips across the state.

Of the 207 lives lost on Victoria’s roads this year, 117 have been on regional roads, eight higher than the total number of regional road deaths in 2018.

Twelve people lost their lives on Victoria’s roads during the 2018 September school holidays.

Fatigue and speed are major causes of fatal and serious injury crashes particularly during school holiday periods when there’s an increase in traffic and people are driving long distances on unfamiliar roads.

A recent TAC survey of 1681 motorists showed that while people believe fatigued driving is dangerous, a third of people admitted to still driving while drowsy.

Planning ahead is the key to arriving alive this weekend and drivers hitting the road for a weekend away are reminded to take plenty of stops, switch drivers regularly and avoid driving while fatigued.

People celebrating the grand final should also plan ahead and ensure they’ve got a safe way to get home that doesn’t involve driving.

More than 70 additional train and tram services have been scheduled this long weekend to help Victorians celebrate safely.