The Transport Accident Commission website states 40 lives have been lost on the state’s roads this year as of yesterday, and as the state prepares for another long weekend where we can expect our roads to be busier than usual, authorities have rightfully asked us all to slow down, take care and be sensible at all times.

This time last year, 37 people had died on our roads, and while the numbers say there’s a difference of just three fatalities, that’s three more lives lost that needed have been.

Alarmingly, the number of deaths in provincial cities and towns is four times higher than at this point in time in 2017.

Police and other emergency service organisations, backed by the Transport Accident Commission and the media, will never stop spreading the message about road safety, for as long as there is a need to do so, because we also care.

None of us want to hear the reports of road trauma, or to report another fatality, and one frustrating reality is that the overwhelming majority of road trauma incidents need not and should not happen

This weekend, the promise of warm weather will likely see more motorists and holiday makers passing through our region en route to the Murray River, or travelling to Bendigo for one of the major events on in our region over the holiday weekend.

We want every single one of them to arrive at their destination safely, to enjoy their weekend and more importantly, to return home safely as well.

There will also be more cyclists on our road as well, as the Bendigo International Madison and the O’Brien Handicap at Woodstock draw a large number of enthusiasts to Bendigo once again.

Common sense and awareness in all that we do can go a long way to stopping some of the senseless carnage on our roads.

It’s not too much to ask.