FOUR people including a four-year-old boy have been killed in separate traffic accidents across Victoria.
The child’s death was the beginning of what police say was a tragic nine hours on roads across the state.
The four-year-old died after being hit by a car which crashed and flipped outside a medical centre in Berwick just after midday on Friday.
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A man was then killed in a head-on crash at Goornong around 1.45pm, while another was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Alexandra around 7.30pm.
A fourth person died after being struck by a car at Shepparton around 9pm.
Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer said everyone had the responsibility to share the road and do so safely.
With many people likely taking a long Anzac weekend, and ongoing wet weather predicted, Mr Fryer said there was increased risk on our roads.
“Every loss is a terrible reminder that the risk on our roads never goes away,” he said.
“If you’re heading out to country and regional roads, remember that 100km/h is the maximum speed and not the mandatory speed.
“Keep an eye out for hazards such as slippery or icy roads, as well as the potential for animals to wander onto roadways.
“Slow down, turn off your mobile phone and put your seatbelt on – these are small steps which can make all the difference.”
Mr Fryer said pedestrians have made up a number of the fatalities this month, a stark reminder of risk to vulnerable road users.
“Pedestrians, along with cyclists and motorists, are vulnerable as there is little separating them from the road and other traffic,” he said.
“Road trauma doesn’t discriminate – cyclists, pedestrians, passengers, drivers and motorcyclists need to share the roads and look out for one another.”
Victoria Police are out in force as part of Operation Nexus to enforce road safety over the Anzac Day period.
Officers will be targeting speed, fatigue, distraction, seatbelt non-compliance and impaired driving in an effort to reduce road trauma and raise awareness around road user behaviour.
In the 10 days since the operation began, more than 4600 drivers have been caught speeding and 271 drink driving.
A further 200 failed roadside drug tests while an additional 530 were busted for using their mobile phone.
The operation will wrap up at 11.59pm on Anzac Day.