Slowing down Victorians is a Band-Aid solution to the road toll

Reducing country speed limits will increase the amount of time Victorians are on the road separated from family.

It will not solve the State’s soaring road toll, which has killed 190 people so far this year, an increase of 43% when compared to the same time last year.

The road toll has spiralled out of control because the Andrews Labor Government has neglected regional roads and has failed to confront the growing menace of drug-driving.

This year, more than 55% of all lives lost on Victorian roads occurred in regional Victoria despite only 24% of the Victorian population living outside the metropolitan area.

Roads across regional Victoria are riddled with potholes, warped and rough surfaces.

Labor used money for road maintenance to fix damaged wire rope barriers, reduced the level of investment in regional road infrastructure projects by more than $300 million and took $2.9 billion out of the TAC to prop up Daniel Andrews’ mismanaged State Budget.

One of Daniel Andrews’ first moves following the election was to abolish the long-standing road safety committee of the Victorian Parliament.

Data shows that regional Victoria has a growing drug and drink driving problem - but Daniel Andrews and Labor reduced roadside testing and slashed funding.

The Victorian Liberal Nationals have stepped in to fill Labor’s absence of leadership by announcing a three point road safety plan that would fund 1,000 extra drug tests each week, increase penalties for drug driving and focus speed camera site selection on reducing road trauma, not raising revenue.

While our police do their best to save lives, the Andrews Labor Government continues to sit idle while the road toll soars.

Roma Britnell

Shadow Minister for Rural Roads

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