New TAC project built to save lives

Monday, 1 November 2010
Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission (TAC) will invest $50 million over four years to create a world-first Road Safety Experience Centre, state premier John Brumby announced last month.

"Too many young Victorians die tragically or are seriously injured on our roads because they engage in risky behaviours or are distracted," Mr Brumby said.

"Young people are our most vulnerable road users, but they are also the hardest group to reach with our road safety messages.  A visit to this centre will be their wake up call.

"The Road Safety Experience Centre will leave young Victorians with a lasting and powerful road safety message, right from the time they start to drive.”

DriverSafety.com.au was invited to the launch announcement, bring along one of its driver simulators as an example of one of the innovative ways the centre will get the road safety message across.

Features of the Centre will include:
  • Presentations on the reality of a crash scene by emergency services experts;
  • Experiences of living with the aftermath of road trauma presented by rehabilitation workers and road accident victims; 
  • A road trauma remembrance memorial; 
  • Simulators demonstrating the influence of alcohol, drugs, distractions and speed on driver performance; 
  • Diversionary programs for driving offenders; and 
  • Physical displays demonstrating crash dynamics and the role of safe roads and safe vehicles

Every driver who has or is eligible to gain their Learner Permit will be encouraged to attend with incentives such as free driving lessons provided to visitors and an incentive program for schools.

Regional and rural-based youths will also be assisted to attend the Centre, and an interactive online experience will be available.

“We’ve been pioneers of online and simulator training for quite sometime and it great to see that the TAC’s initiative reinforces in a number of different ways people can learn about safe and better driving,” said Russell White, managing director of DriverSafety.com.au



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