Police will be out in force over the weekend.

It has been a tragic year on Victorian roads, with 50 more deaths recorded in the first half of the year compared to the same time a year ago.

The state government is planning to tackle road safety through the establishment of a dedicated office of road safety.

Road Safety Victoria will work with VicRoads, Victoria Police, the TAC and Department of Transport, among others, to attempt to reduce Victoria’s road toll.

The Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford said Victoria is an world leader in road safety.

“Road Safety Victoria will ensure we remain at the forefront of policy development, programs and initiatives,” Ms Pulford said.

Regional Victorians will have the chance to share and hear ideas on how to improve road safety in their area at community forums across the state.

Bendigo is one of eight locations for the forums, along with Ballarat, Shepparton, Geelong, Sale, Portland, Mildura and
Marysville.

Regional Victoria has seen a spike in road deaths this year, with the forum looking at the reason behind country road deaths and how to prevent that loss of life.

The forum will be attended by road safety experts, local government and community leaders.

“We’re asking regional Victorians to spare a couple of hours to speak with experts and fellow community members about what more can be done to stop people dying or being seriously injured on the roads they drive every day,” Ms Pulford said.

By NICHOLAS NAKOS

The Bendigo road safety
forum takes place at the Bendigo RSL on Tuesday, September 3 at 5.45pm.

To register attendance, visit tac.vic.gov.au/regional-road-safety-forum