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Rural roads 4x more risky than city in Vic

AAP logoAAP 9/11/2016 Luke Costin

Victoria's top traffic cop has urged drivers to put away their mobile phone, stop being complacent and focus when travelling on the state's dangerous rural roads.

Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer on Thursday revealed Victorian country roads are four times more dangerous than those in the city.

His comments come after five people were killed in four separate crashes in regional areas on Wednesday.

"Most of the people who die on our roads are not doing outrageous behaviour," Mr Fryer told reporters in Melbourne.

"They're making minor mistakes that have fatal consequences.

"The question we should be asking ourselves is why do people run off perfectly good roads."

NSW has conducted "double demerit point" campaigns during holidays over the past two decades but Mr Fryer suggests that's not the answer to Victoria's woes.

"This is an all-of-community problem (and) we can't police our way out of trauma," he said.

"The data we've seen isn't indicating (double demerit) makes a difference in driving behaviour."

Wednesday's five fatalities took Victoria's road toll for the year to 248.

That's just four shy of the entire 2015 toll.

At the current rate the 2016 road toll will reach 289 by December 31 - a total not seen since 2009.

WEDNESDAY'S FATAL CRASHES IN VICTORIA:

* 6am - a 26-year-old man dies after his motorcycle collides with a car in Tyabb

* 9am - an 80-year-old woman dies after a car and a truck collided at an intersection in Mildura

* 12.20pm - a 79-year-old woman dies after her car hits a tree in Marong near Bendigo

* 9.30pm - a man and a woman die after their car hits a kangaroo and flips near the small town of Denver in central Victoria

Source: Victoria Police

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