BENDIGO police Acting Inspector Paul Gardiner has put out a plea for people to take care on their roads on the back of another fatal collision in Maldon at the weekend.
A 25-year-old Maldon man died after his car crashed into a tree about 8.50am on Saturday.
Macedon Ranges highway patrol officer-in-charge Sergeant Geoff Neil said police believe fatigue was the cause of the incident.
"But we are still working out how he came to be that fatigued," he said.
Acting Inspector Gardiner wrote on Eyewatch - Bendigo Police Service Area Facebook page after the incident.
“Unfortunately the months of October, November and December traditionally see too many people die on roads in Victoria,” he wrote.
"Please make sure we all stay safe on the roads - don't speed, don't drink and drive, stay alert, rest if needed and leave the mobile phone alone.
“Please ensure your loved ones enjoy the spring period and Christmas, not be grieving over unnecessary loss.
“I, for one, don't want to be attending any more serious collisions.”
The region’s road toll this year sits at 12.
The road toll at the same point last year was 22.
Bendigo highway patrol Acting Sergeant Peter Dyer said the lower toll should not lead to complacency.
“We can’t afford to take our eye off the ball,” he said.
“We are travelling well, but as everybody knows, it doesn’t take much to swing it the other way.”
Acting Sergeant Dyer agreed that more crashes happened over summer.
“I suggest it’s probably because people are out doing a lot more in the lead up to Christmas,” he said.
Acting Sergeant Dyer urged motorists to adhere to road rules and remain vigilant on the roads.
“Remember that the maximum speed is just that – you don’t have to sit on the speed limit.
"If you're on a dirt road, or if it’s wet, slow down.
“Do the right thing by other road users.”