Road Safety Education Complex Officially Open By Minister

Road Safety Education Complex Officially Open By Minister

Victoria Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan

Students Hit The Road To Zero With New Safety Complex

Victor P Taffa

Victorian students will start their journey to becoming safer drivers well before they hit the road following the opening of Victoria’s world-first road safety education complex.

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan joined the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and Museums Victoria today to officially open the $55 Million Road to Zero Education Complex at the Melbourne Museum.

“Earlier we can start a conversation around road safety in classrooms, on-road or amongst friends and family, the better equipped young Victorians will be to drive safely.” Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said.

“We know young people learn best when material is presented in an interactive and engaging way, and that’s exactly what this world leading centre will deliver.”

Young people are some of Victoria’s most vulnerable road users so it’s critical that we find new ways to get them thinking about safety before getting their licence.

TAC research shows young drivers aged 18-25 accounted for 24 % of deaths on Victoria’s roads last year.

“In their first year of driving, young drivers in Victoria are almost 4 times more likely to be involved in a fatal or serious injury crash than more experienced drivers. That’s why it’s so important to teach safe driver behaviour, to all Victorians, at an early age.” TAC Chief Executive Officer Joe Calafiore said.

Road Safety Education Complex will feature the latest in visual and digital technology to help students and the wider community understand their own vulnerability, the role of speed in crashes and the importance of safer vehicles.

Designed to ensure students don’t feel stuck in a classroom, interactive learning studios will allow students to complete practical tasks that link with their health and science curriculums.

Students in years 9 and 10 will start visiting the Road to Zero in term 4, with more than 20,000 students expected to flock to the complex in its first year.

A regional outreach program will ensure students across the state who are unable to access the complex in Melbourne don’t miss out.

Road to Zero is the cornerstone of the Andrews Government’s $146 Million Young Driver Safety Package which aims to reduce road trauma among young people and cement Victoria as a leader in road safety education.

Road Safety Education Complex was developed by the Transport Accident Commission in partnership with Museums Victoria and was co-designed with road safety and teaching experts.

“We are delighted to be presenting this important exhibition at Melbourne Museum. The result is a world-first learning experience for young adults that uses immersive technology to explore the physics of motion and the limits of the human body.” Museums Victoria Chief Executive Officer Lynley Marshall said.