Avoid a death knock

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Vic­to­ri­ans are be­ing urged to drive safely dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod to spare fam­i­lies a ‘‘death knock’’ from po­lice.

A new Trans­port Ac­ci­dent Com­mis­sion cam­paign de­tails the dif­fi­cult visit of­fi­cers must make to break the news that some­one’s loved one has died as a re­sult of a col­li­sion.

A to­tal of 195 peo­ple have lost their lives on Vic­to­ria’s roads this year, an im­prove­ment on 230 from the same time last year.

But Roads Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford said this was still too many and rep­re­sented ‘‘count­less lives shat­tered by that loss’’.

‘‘In 2017, we had very close to one life lost each day in De­cem­ber,’’ Ms Pul­ford said at the cam­paign launch on Sun­day.

‘‘This De­cem­ber we want to have a dif­fer­ent out­come and a bet­ter out­come.’’

It is hoped the cam­paign will re­mind Vic­to­ri­ans of the tragic con­se­quences of driving reck­lessly, while un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol, and speed­ing.

‘‘Don’t make your fam­ily the fam­ily that gets that aw­ful, aw­ful knock on the door,’’ Ms Pul­ford said.

As­sis­tant Vic­to­ria Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Stephen Leane said vis­it­ing rel­a­tives fol­low­ing se­ri­ous road col­li­sions was one of the tough­est parts of his job.

‘‘The rip­ple ef­fect of a col­li­sion in­volv­ing a fa­tal­ity or a se­ri­ous in­jury doesn’t just stop at the ac­ci­dent scene,’’ he said.

‘‘The im­pact of road trauma will last for decades for many.’’

Martin Wran­gle, whose son Trevor, 19, died af­ter los­ing con­trol of his car and hit­ting a tree in 2004, said deal­ing with the loss did not get any eas­ier.

‘‘I just plead with ev­ery­one to slow down,’’ Mr Wran­gle said.

The ad­vert pre­miered on tele­vi­sion on Sun­day night.

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