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This Statement Has Been Released By Police For Melbourne

Melbourne police have released a statement telling drivers to be safe on the roads this weekend.

Five people have died on Victorian roads in the last 24 hours and in the last week alone seven lives have been taken.

Road Policing Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said it had been a heartbreaking and concerning week on the roads.

“Twelve people who, this time last week, were making normal plans will no longer be spending time with their families,” AC Fryer said.

“These people were pedestrians, drivers, passengers and a motorcyclist.

“But more importantly they were fathers, mothers, brother, sisters and friends.

“These deaths happened as far north as Wooragee, right across to Marnoo East in western Victoria.

“They’ve happened in our outer suburbs, inner suburbs and across our regional areas.

“The regional deaths are of particular concern because despite making up a smaller percentage of our population, nearly half of the deaths on our roads this year have been in country areas.

“It’s going to be a wet weekend, so I implore all Victorians – no matter how you’re using our roads this weekend, look out for each other, travel to the conditions and stay safe.”

The weekend is expected to be very wet and the police want to ensure everyone is driving to their conditions.

Be safe, Melbourne.

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