Police urge care in rainy weather

POLICE have warned residents to take care in wet weather after 11 cars collided on Bendigo roads on Friday. 

Traffic lights that weren't working and heavy rains caused collisions throughout the morning. 

Acting Senior Sergeant Della Nihill said the first collision occurred between two cars at Don and Barnard streets in Ironbark about 10.45am.

About 11am four cars collided on Napier Street in White Hills. 

"Another car lost control on Lockwood Road and High Street in Kangaroo Flat," Senior Sergeant Nihill said. 

Police also attended a second two-car collision in Ironbark at 11.35am at the intersection of Honeysuckle and Marong Road. 

The police have urged caution on the roads.

Despite a record low road toll in 2013, December ushered in an alarming rise, with a total of 30 lives lost – an average of one each day.

The tragic trend has continued into January, with 13 fatal collisions resulting in 17 deaths.

Eleven of these crashes occurred on country roads. 

Sergeant Beaman asked road users to stay alert while driving. 

"In the Bendigo region there hasn't been a road fatality since December 10," he said. 

"Let's keep it that way."

Sergeant Beaman said drivers should stay hydrated. 

"It's summer, so keep hydrated and have lots of rest breaks," he said. 

"Take a break every two hours.  

"Have a coffee, get out of your car and have a walk around for 15 minutes to get the blood flowing.

"Listen to your body.

"If you feel tired, stop and have a break."

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