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In-school driving program available regionally

By Ashlea Witoslawski

Local young people will have the opportunity to access world-leading road safety education in their schools through Museums Victoria, the Transport Accident Commission and the Victorian Government.

The free Road to Zero regional in-school program is a mobile version of the Road to Zero road safety education complex at Melbourne Museum.

Primarily targeting Years 9, 10 and 11 students, the program focuses on the role of speed in crashes, the importance of safety technology in vehicles and safe road infrastructure as well as human vulnerability and personal risk.

Road Safety and the TAC Minister Jaala Pulford said it was important for young people who lived in regional Victoria to have access to the best road safety information due to higher risk of exposure.

‘‘The Road to Zero program brings to life the risks and reality of road trauma and were bringing the program to kids the length and breadth of the state,’’ she said. The Road to Zero program and the $55 million education complex at Melbourne Museum is part of the State Government’s $146million Young Driver Safety Package.

TAC lead director road safety said it was important to start road safety conversations early with young people. ‘‘The earlier we can start a conversation around road safety in classrooms, at home, and amongst peers, the better equipped young Victorians will be to use the roads safely,’’ she said.

To organise the Road to Zero regional in-school program at your school, phone the Road to Zero team at Melbourne Museum on 8341 7150 or email [email protected] museum.vic.gov.au