UPDATE: VICTORIA is set to post the lowest road toll on record.
The countdown to the end of 2012 saw 279 people killed on Victorian roads, eight fewer than in 2011, the Herald Sun reports.
Acting Premier Peter Ryan said while it was an achievement to have significantly reduced the road toll, 279 people was equivalent to the population of many small towns in his Gippsland South electorate.
"I can't help but think that the concept of having one of those towns being absolutely wiped out in a year because of road deaths is something completely unacceptable for us in Victoria," Mr Ryan, who is also the Police and Emergency Services Minister, said yesterday.
When records began in 1952, 600 people lost their lives on the roads, while the toll peaked in 1970 with 1061 deaths.
Mr Ryan said people were being killed and injured on the roads not because of accidents, but because of collisions where people made bad choices such as speeding and drink-driving.
The road toll for 2012 could be reduced further as police review the final figures.
Read more at the Herald Sun.