Talk the Toll Down community forum

DEPUTY Premier and Police Minister Peter Ryan will head a community forum in Sale next month as part of Talk the Toll Down campaign.

Victorian regional newspapers, including the Gippsland Times, in conjunction with the Transport Accident Commission have been running the campaign this year.

Supported by the State Government and launched by Premier Ted Ballieu in Ballarat earlier this year, it aims to reduce the road toll in Victorian regional areas.

Currently the Victorian road toll stands at 55, which is a 20 per cent increase over the same period last year.

Mr Ryan will lead a panel of representatives from all sections of the community, including police and emergency services and victims of trauma.

Gippsland Times general manager Lynne Smith encouraged people in the community to attend.

“We all have a vested interest in saving the lives, especially in our own area of Wellington Shire,” Ms Smith said.

“Every death or injury is one too many.

“I would love to see people from all sections of our community — young and old — come along and contribute to the forum.

“Hopefully, we will come up with some initiatives that could be put to all levels of government for consideration.”

The free forum will be held in the Sale Memorial Hall supper room on Friday, April 20, from 6pm.

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