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Published on : Tuesday, November 15, 2016
An unprecedented effort to get the road safety message will soon be launched in Victoria. Road safety teams will visit every corner of the state to help ensure country Victorians get home safely during the festive season.
The Victoria Government is partnering with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) for the project.
Between now and the end of January, TAC teams will attend more than 40 country racing days, music festivals and other community events to urge people to think about the speed they’re travelling, and to take extra care of the roads.
Vanessa, the TAC’s youth program, will have vehicles at summer music festivals and youth events, running games, as well as providing free breath tests, giving away prizes and helping young people plan a safe way home.
The TAC will visit numerous Carols by Candlelight events, and partner with Cinema Pop-Up, which will be travelling the state shortly. Free breath testing will be on offer at all Country Racing Victoria events.
TAC initiatives will encourage road users to plan their journey ahead of time and separate drinking and driving completely.
With Victorians four times more likely to be killed and 40 per cent more likely to be seriously injured on regional Victorian roads, the state is approaching its third straight year of increased road fatalities.