Interactive program for next generation drivers launched at Ararat College

Victoria’s regional students will have access to a world-leading road safety education experience, thanks to an interactive and mobile program launched by TAC and Jaala Pulford today at Ararat College.

TAC’s Road to Zero regional in-school program is designed to teach the next generation of drivers road rules and how to stay safe, in and out of vehicles.

The program is a mobile version of the Road to Zero road safety education complex at Melbourne Museum, which has so far been exposed to more than 45,000 visitors this year. The program will visit schools in isolated parts of Victoria to improve road safety.

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“What we know is over the last five years young people represent 20 per cent of our fatalities and serious injuries when they’re 10 per cent of the drivers,” Minister for Roads Jaala Pulford said.

“The time I’ve spent here this morning is probably the most focused time I’ve spent contemplating learning to drive ideas… since I was 18-years-old,” she said.

The program includes highly interactive and immersive technology that aims to engage students on road safety and human vulnerability, whilst also teaching ways to reduce personal risk before they get on Victorian roads.

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Over the past five years, 20 per cent of drivers who died on Victorian roads were aged 18-25 so this program is hoping to reduce those statistics.

“We are about five times more likely to be killed or seriously injured on country roads… and we are seeing that play out this year,” Lead Director of Road Safety TAC Samantha Cockfield said.

“What I think is really important, is for people to understand what is happening on country roads, and today we can see that at Road to Zero,” she said.

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Targeting Years 9, 10 and VCAL students, the Road to Zero Mobile program will engage with more than 5000 secondary students from regional Victoria each year.

“We have always been really passionate about teaching our young people about road safety because we are in a rural and regional area,” Ararat College Acting Principal Ellie McDougall said.

“I think it’s a really good step forward and it’s accessible to rural and regional students – it doesn’t take a whole day out. They can be really involved and get a lot out of it.”