BALLARAT will play host to one of eight regional road safety forums over the coming months.
The community round table discussions are a follow on from the Road Safety Foum which was held in Melbourne on May 30.
The forum brought together more than 100 people including politicians, emergency services, road safety experts, those directly affected by road trauma and their families to discuss what is going wrong on Victoria's roads this year.
So far this year, 143 people have lost their lives on the roads, a 62.5 per cent increase on the same time last year.
Of those that have died, 86 have been on rural roads, a whopping 83 per cent higher, which has effectively been the sole reason for the jump.
While no specific dates have so far been locked in, Roads Minister Jaala Pulford said roundtable discussions would be scheduled for Ballarat, Marysville, Shepparton, Portland, Mildura, Sale, Bendigo and Geelong over the coming months.
"Country people are dying on their local roads. More than two thirds of people killed on country Victorian roads this year, have died within 30km of their home," Ms Pulford said.
"The roundtables are an opportunity for local communities to have their say on how to prevent the senseless loss of life of regional Victorians on our roads."
At the Melbourne forum ideas including a reduction of speed limits on `C' class country roads from 100km/h to 80km/h, an update of Australia's car import laws and an automatic loss of licence for those caught using mobile phones while driving were floated.
However, regional mayors The Courier has spoken to have been quick to dismiss any potential changes to speed limits.
Results from the forums will help form Victoria's road safety strategy going forward with the Towards Zero campaign likely to end next year.
Police Minister Lisa Neville said regional Victorians are over represented in the road toll. "That's why we want to hear about how we tackle road trauma," she said.
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