Forum takes aim; Big crowd turns out to tackle growing road toll
REDUCING Victoria’s spiralling road toll was the sole focus on Thursday night when more than 100 people united for the State Government’s regional road safety forum in Portland.
Held at the Portland Yacht Club, state and local government officials, road safety experts, members of the Victorian and South Australian police forces, emergency services, local leaders and concerned community members were all given an equal voice as they brainstormed how to reduce the number of road fatalities to zero.
Hosted by Jaala Pulford, the Victorian Minister for Roads, and Road Safety and TAC, the forum was spurred on by the dismal start to the 2019 state road toll.
“As of today, we have lost 186 lives on the road this year and 105 of those are in rural Victoria,” Ms Pulford said.
“In 2018, Victoria was tracking at record rates. We had seen an 80% reduction in the past 50 years, despite having twice the population and four times as many cars now.
“Despite these innovations, we have seen a 50% increase in fatalities this year.
“Road fatalities are an issue that affects everyone.”