Speeding takes its toll

ROAD fatalities in Hume jumped 75 per cent in the 12 months to April this year, according to new Transport Accident Commission statistics.

Seven motorists lost their lives in the 12 months, compared with four in the previous year.

Nine people died in the municipality in 2010.

However, the TAC figures show the annual hospital admissions for serious road injuries for the 12 months to October last year dropped by 10per cent to 140 from 155 the previous year.

Brimbank’s figures for the year to April jumped a staggering 500 per cent from two to 12, doubling the five-year average.

In Moreland, fatalities in the year to April dropped from seven to two.

TAC spokeswoman Emily Bogue said speeding was the leading cause of fatal crashes in the state.

“Excessive or inappropriate speed is a major factor in 31 per cent of fatal crashes in Victoria,” she said.

“Drink-driving is the main factor in about 25 per cent of the fatalities and fatigue contributes to about 20 per cent of deaths.

“It’s important to note, however, that most crashes are multi-causal; that is, there will be often more than one factor that’s led to a crash occurring or the severity of the outcome for those involved.

“Victoria’s road safety agencies are working to reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

”But we also need the community to commit to reducing road trauma 100 per cent of the time.”