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New report explains risky regional driver behaviour

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New research has found why drivers in regional areas are more likely to engage in risky behaviour behind the wheel.

The figures from the Australian Road Safety Foundation has found that regional Victorian drivers say they don't think they will get caught by police in regional areas.

This means regional Victorian drivers are more likely to speed, use their mobile phone, or drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The research has also found that regional drivers are more likely to drive when tired, while 1 in 2 have admitted to using their mobile phone when behind the wheel, even when they have kids in the car.

This year, 183 people have died on Victorian roads, nearly 50 per cent higher than this time last year, with 105 of those deaths coming from roads in regional Victoria. 

In Ballarat and surrounding areas, 17 lives have been lost so far this year. 

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