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Gordon Trinca, whose visionary road safety crusade led to the introduction of pioneering legislation in Victoria that rippled across Australia and internationally, has died aged 88. Trinca was chairman of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ influential road trauma committee from 1975 to 1993, and played a key role in gaining the support of politicians and decision-makers to implement measures to reduce the road toll. As a surgeon he was aware of the horror of road crashes from the late 1950s, but became more concerned in the 1960s and eventually got “fed up with stitching up” victims while there were no meaningful …
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