SOUTHERN Grampians was the only Police Service Area not to record a single fatality in 2013.
The achievement is a significant one for the region’s police who say they’re rapt with the result.
Hamilton Highway Patrol Sergeant Scott Williams said the region also recorded a 26 per cent reduction in serious injury collisions.
The figures are in stark contrast to the neighbouring Warrnambool Police Service Area which doubled to 12 compared to 2012 while the state’s road toll dropped to the lowest in more than 60 years.
Sgt Williams said while the statistics were positive police couldn’t rest on their laurels in 2014.
He said the Highway Patrol’s main aim was to keep local roads fatality free and continue to reduce the number of serious injuries.
“From a unit point of view we’re really pleased but at the same time disappointed,” he said.
“We recorded 3500 offences for the year between six members and that is up slightly on last year,” he said.
Offences include drink driving, speeding, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.
Full story in The Spectator on Saturday, January 4, 2014.