SAFETY FOCUS: After a spike in road deaths in Victoria, a new dedicated safety office is to open on August 1.
SAFETY FOCUS: After a spike in road deaths in Victoria, a new dedicated safety office is to open on August 1. I spy

Victoria road safety office to open on August 1

A DEDICATED office of road safety opens in Victoria on August 1 to focus the state's efforts on tackling its road toll.

Road Safety Victoria will merge the road safety functions of VicRoads and the Department of Transport and centralise the work previously undertaken by these agencies.

Road Safety Victoria will work closely with all road safety partners, made up of Victoria Police, the Transport Accident Commission, VicRoads, the Department of Transport, the Department of Justice and Regulation and the Department of Health and Human Services to develop strategies and programs to reduce Victoria's road toll.

VicRoads Chief Executive Robyn Seymour will be the inaugural Head of Road Safety Victoria.

Ms Seymour has been working in road trauma prevention for the last 19 years. She began her career as a road trauma counsellor before moving to VicRoads where she has been an influential leader for more than a decade. She is passionate about road safety and delivering safer outcomes for the community.

As well as helping coordinate the delivery of the Towards Zero Strategy, Road Safety Victoria, in conjunction with other road safety partners, will develop road safety policies, coordinate programs and campaigns, and support the development of the Labor Government's next road safety strategy.

After a record low number of lives lost in 2018, it has been a tragic year so far on Victorian roads. There have already been 153 deaths this year, compared with 100 at the same time last year.

Much of the increase has happened on regional Victoria roads, where 92 people have been killed, compared with 51 at the same time in 2018. More than two-thirds of those died within 30km of their home.

Regional Victorians will have the opportunity to share and hear ideas on how to improve road safety in their area at a series of community forums to be held across the state in the coming months.

Eight road safety forums will be held during July, August and September, with forums to be held in Ballarat, Marysville, Shepparton, Sale, Geelong, Portland, Bendigo and Mildura. The first forum will be in Ballarat on July 10.

The forums will be attended by road safety experts, local government and community leaders who will look at the reasons behind the disproportionate number of country road deaths and how to prevent this senseless loss of life.

For more information, including dates and locations of forums, visit tac.vic.gov.au/regional-road-safety-forum.

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