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Trevor Collett | Jun, 24 2013 | 1 Comment

The latest Victorian Transport Accident Commission (TAC) data shows an improvement in metropolitan road trauma figures, but rural figures are on the rise.

Figures for the 12 months to April 2013 show an improvement of 16 percent in the Melbourne area.

Although the Victorian road toll is down overall compared to last year, fatalities in rural Victoria are up seven percent.

The figures show 160 deaths on rural Victorian roads compared to 109 in Melbourne during the same period. In comparison, there were 129 deaths in Melbourne for the same period last year.

In terms of fatalities, the Cardinia, Bass Coast and Surf Coast regions showed strong improvements to fatality figures, while the Hume, Bendigo, Wyndham and Mitchell areas all had sharp rises.

TAC CEO Janet Dore reminded drivers to take extra care on Victorian country roads.

“Injuries involving a hospital admission have increased four per cent in rural Victoria, with 1,863 heading to hospital after a crash,” Ms Dore said.

“This compared to a two percent drop in Melbourne.”

The TAC will invest $1 billion over 10 years to the Safer Road Infrastructure Program (SRIP), funding installation of safety features such as wire rope barriers, rumble lines and sealing of road shoulders in an effort to reverse the rising rural road toll.

Ms Dore said the SRIP was targeting roads with poor collision statistics that required the most urgent attention.

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