Fatal car crash ahead of road-safety blitz

Fatal car crash ahead of road-safety blitz

A man has been killed after rolling his car in Bungaree, about 13 kilometres east of Ballarat.

Police are at the scene on the Western Highway. It is believed the man, aged in his 50s, lost control of the vehicle about 6.45am on Wednesday.

He was the only person in the car and died at the scene. Police have yet to notify his next of kin. A report will be prepared for the coroner.

The man's death brings this year's road toll to 11, nine fewer than at the same time last year.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill launched a road-safety blitz last week aimed at curbing the road toll.

Police will increase the number of booze and drug buses, off-road motorcycle patrols and speed checks during the operation.


Mr Hill said the focus would be high-risk offences that are known to contribute to road trauma, such as speeding, drink and drug-driving and fatigue, driver distraction and seatbelts.

“We know when people head home from holidays they start thinking about returning to work and school and sadly these distractions often manifest in tragedy on our roads," he said.

“Remember that driving takes 100 per cent concentration, 100 per cent of the time."

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