Victoria, Australia, has recorded an increase in the number of lives lost on the state’s roads in 2021 compared to the previous year.

Last year 236 people lost their lives on Victorian roads compared with 211 in 2020. There were 117 deaths on metropolitan roads compared with 84 in 2020 and an increase in single vehicle fatal crashes from 33 to 46.

“Far too many families feel the pain of losing a loved one or having their lives changed forever due to serious injury, which is why we’re continuing to make significant investment in education, technology, infrastructure and vehicle safety to end road trauma,” said Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll.

Despite the state-wide increase, regional Victoria recorded its second-lowest number of lives lost on record with 119 deaths compared with 126 in 2020.