A fatal start to 2023 on Victorian roads

Victoria's road toll is off to its worst start in two decades.

So far 24 people have died on the state's roads, up from 18 in the first three weeks of 2022.

It is the most road deaths in the first three weeks of a year since 2004.

Most of the deaths (18) have been on regional roads.

Last year, 17 per cent of deaths on Victorian roads were attributed to the driver or passenger not wearing a seatbelt and 95 per cent of the total victims were men.

The Andrews government is urging drivers to plan ahead, slow down and buckle up to safely to navigate through the period from Australia Day to the end of school holidays.

"We all need to take ownership and heed the message to drive safely - especially over Australia Day," Road Safety Minister Melissa Horne said in a statement.

Driver Reviver Australia along with the Victoria State Emergency Service and Lions Club volunteers will be setting up rest spots across the state for drivers to take a break from long and tedious drives .