The Victorian Labor Government and the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) have launched a pre-Christmas appeal to motorists to keep each other safe ahead of the festive season.
Roads and Road Safety Minister Luke Donnellan joined senior representatives from the Transport Accident Commission, VicRoads and Victoria Police to ask motorists to slow down, plan their trips and avoid taking risks.
Victorians are being invited to visit the TAC’s ‘‘Be Present’’ display at the City of Melbourne’s Christmas festival at City Square — where they’ll be able to dress up in Christmas costumes and pose for photographs to be made into Christmas cards and shared on social media.
The cards will also remind Victorians that the best thing they can give their loved ones this Christmas is to be there.
‘‘Be Present’’ will also tour regional and suburban carols events and is part of an unprecedented December effort by the state’s road safety agencies to keep Victorians safe on the roads.
The TAC will have a strong presence in regional Victoria these holidays as country Victorians are four times more likely to be killed on the roads than in metropolitan Melbourne.
TAC road safety teams will be at more than 40 regional events, including festivals and racing meets, providing safe driving advice, free breath tests, giveaways and more to prevent more lives being lost on country roads.
At the same time, money fast-tracked from a new $12million TAC-funded enforcement program will help deliver the most visible police presence with an additional 1300 police shifts on Victoria’s roads leading up to Christmas.