The Victorian coroner has released a review into the last decade of fatal collisions in the state during the Christmas holiday period.
The report from the coroners' prevention unit was commissioned by the Victoria Police and looked at 170 fatal collision investigations during Christmas periods from 1999 to 2010.
It found that 70 per cent of fatal accidents occurred while the driver was going to general social or day-to-day activities.
Police say the findings challenge the belief most people die on roads while travelling long distances to holiday destinations.
The research found that most collisions occurred between 2:00pm and 4:00pm.
Police hope the review will help to reduce the road toll.
It is always interesting to have the facts rather than the (self serving?) stories issued by the authorities. I would really like to see similar information on other deaths/injuries, for example the actual reduction in school children accidents at school zones.
A cursory glance at the above information sounds like the Stop/Revive/Survive message either really works or is irrelevant. The time of day doesn't suggest the Speeding is the cause. Sounds like the real message for Christmas is Don't Drive Pissed.
I wonder why we have double demerits (in NSW) on Speeding and Non wearing of Seatbelts, yet not on other infringements over the holiday period?