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Drive according to conditions

A collision between two cars on a rain-wet road near Fish Creek on Thursday night March 2, 2023 has prompted locally-based Victoria Police officers to reiterate the importance of always driving according to the prevailing conditions.

The wet road surface is believed to have been a factor in the accident, which occurred at about 10 pm.

A Foster Police spokesperson said a male visitor from overseas was driving a car in a southerly direction on Meeniyan – Promontory Road, south of Waratah Road, when it appears that he lost control of his vehicle in the wet conditions.

The visitor’s car crossed the centre line before crashing head-on into a north-bound vehicle, which was carrying two people, a 44-year-old man who was driving, and a 45-year-old woman passenger, both from metropolitan Melbourne.

The police spokesperson said the drivers of both vehicles were uninjured however the passenger in the north-bound car was conveyed by ambulance to hospital for assessment, and for treatment of possible fractures.

“There are many variables that can affect road conditions and drivers must adapt their driving to suit those conditions, which includes slowing down, allowing more space between your vehicle and the next, being patient, and taking even more care,” the spokesperson said.

“Among these variables are the weather, the amount of traffic, and the state and grade of the actual road surface, such as potholed, sealed or gravelled, as well as roadworks, the time of day, whether the driver is familiar or not with the road … the list goes on,” they said.

“The change of season and altering weather conditions must be considered when driving, for example, just a short burst of drizzle on a warm road can make it just as slick and dangerous as a winter downpour.”


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