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VicRoads slams impatient drivers putting other road users at risk

Road safety authorities have lashed out at Melbourne’s lane-changing culture, saying driver impatience is increasing crash rates, putting lives at risk.

Research by VicRoads has found a five to six fold increase in the crash rate on Melbourne freeways during peak times.

Russell White, CEO of the Australian Road Safety Foundation tells 3AW’s Tony Jones, unlike many drivers European cities accustomed to driving in heavy traffic, Melbourne drivers are compulsive lane changes.

‘A lot of people just put the indicator on, start to turn and then look,’ says Mr White.

‘When you’re in close proximity to other cars at highway speed, that habit can end in a fatal consequence,’ he tells 3AW Mornings.

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