POLICE have reminded motorists to be careful on the roads after a 22 year old Drouin man died having lost control of his motorcycle in Labertouche yesterday afternoon.
In a statement Victoria Police said it was believed the man lost control on Labertouche North Road at around 3.40pm.
Paramedics worked on the man but he died at the scene. His motorcycle ended up on the far side of a creek near the road.
The incident brought the state’s provisional road toll to 19, six higher than the same time last year, and was one of five deaths on Victorian roads in the past 24 hours.
Road Policing acting superintendent Dave Griffin said in a statement those travelling on the long weekend must be careful and responsible while driving.
“Your heart breaks for these families who are now facing a future without their loved ones,” he said.
“For police and other emergency services it’s shocking and concerning to have five deaths in such a short space of time.
“Again we want to remind those using our roads over the long weekend to take extra care because we know this is a peak time for road trauma.
“For those drinking today or tomorrow, as well as those getting ready for long journeys home, we want you to take all the appropriate safety measures.
“There is no risk – no extra drink, extra speed, pushing to get home while you’re tired, taking a phone call – that is worth a life.”
Police did not say the Drouin man or any of the drivers killed in the recent incidents had been drinking.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner.
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