New data reveals run-off-road crashes are the biggest cause of deaths on country Victorian roads.
New road trauma data found of the 155 people who died on rural roads last year, 109 were involved in a crash where a vehicle left its lane.
Seventy-two lives were lost in roadside single-vehicle crashes, while 37 deaths were from head-on collisions.
Victorian Roads and Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan said in a statement the data showed run-off-road crashes were a major factor in regional road trauma rates across the state.
He said drivers on country roads were four times more likely to be killed on the roads than city drivers.
‘‘It’s simply unacceptable — that’s why we’re investing more than $1billion to make our country roads safer,’’ he said.
All regions have recorded more deaths from this crash type than any other, with regional Victoria over-represented in the number of lives lost in the state.
While the state’s road toll was down last year, five more people were killed on rural roads.
‘‘It’s not only fatalities that are over-represented in country areas, one in five people seriously injured are on high-speed regional roads,’’ the statement read.
The Victorian Government has invested in the Towards Zero Action Plan, which aims to improve the state’s highest risk rural roads.