Have to drag some of that greed cam money from under the bed mattres. Or will they try to rebound it back on â€œitâ€™s all speed relatedâ€ or new road signs â€œslow for crap roadsâ€ then put up more greed cams? --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Deteriorating country roads blamed for toll July 20, 2009 Deteriorating country roads are to blame for a spike in Victoria's road toll, the state opposition says. New figures show that while the road toll is falling in cities and towns, rural road deaths are bucking the trend. National Party Deputy Leader Peter Walsh blamed cracked and distressed roads for the disparity and accused the government of under spending on country roads, costing lives. "Figures released by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) show the road toll for rural roads to midnight 16 July 2009 has increased 14 per cent compared to this time last year," he said. "Twelve more deaths on rural roads compared to the same period last year is a tragedy at a time when the government should be trying to reduce the number of road fatalities." Mr Walsh said the number of deaths on roads in Melbourne and regional cities and towns had actually decreased so far this year. "This inconsistency shows that Labor should be doing more to improve the state of Victorian country roads to save country lives." The TAC figures show road deaths decreased by seven per cent in Melbourne in the calendar year to July 16 and 17 per cent in regional cities and towns. However, on rural roads deaths increased 14 per cent, up from 84 to 96. Mr Walsh said Category C roads, which link country towns outside major regional centres, had been "drastically under-funded" for years. A June 2008 report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found the government had failed to adequately maintain the state's road system, leading to a dramatic increase in the number of distressed roads, he said. "Roads are classified as distressed when they have degraded to the point where the road pavement is rough, cracked or rutted. "In regional Victoria the length of distressed road increased by 177.9 per cent in the four years leading up to 2006/07, which is completely unacceptable." Mr Walsh said Victoria's peak motoring group, the RACV, drew a direct link between improving roads and reducing the road toll. Country drivers deserved a fairer deal when it came to road funding, he said. At 5pm (AEST) yesterday the 2009 Victorian road toll stood at 173, two more than this time last year.