Home' The Hamilton Spectator : HS-20131203 Contents 6 HAMILTON SPECTATOR Tuesday December 3 2013
THE TAC and Victoria Police have joined together in a
crackdown on risky driving as the community counts down to
the festive season.
A week after a horror 14 hours on the state’s roads claimed six
lives, TAC chief executive officer, Janet Dore, and Victoria Police
Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing, Robert Hill, have
launched a hard-hitting Christmas campaign aimed at preventing
further tragedies this year.
The launch of The Party’s Over campaign coincides with today’s
release of the TAC’s latest fatality and serious injury data showing
year-on-year trends across all Victorian Police Service Areas.
There has been two deaths on Southern Grampians Shire roads in
2013, down from nine last year.
Ms Dore said December was traditionally one of the deadliest
months on the state’s roads, making the campaign a timely
reminder to be safe.
“Two hundred and 10 people have died already this year and
thousands more have been injured,” Ms Dore said.
“We want to see Victorians keep safe on the roads for the rest of
“The Party’s Over campaign is a reminder that the roads are not
the place to party and it will work in support of police operations
cracking down on drug and alcohol-affected drivers this Christmas.”
The campaign includes TV advertisements in which Assistant
Commissioner Hill tells Victorians: “If you drink or take drugs and
drive, if you speed or drive unlicensed, the party’s over”.
Assistant Commissioner Hill said Victoria Police had already
started its Summer Stay campaign, a series of operations targeting
road safety issues this summer.
“As part of that campaign, Operation RAID is now underway,
Assistant Commissioner Hill said.
“We know people have been alerted to our extra presence on the
roads but 150 drink drivers were still caught last weekend and a
further 88 returned positive drug tests.
“With more people taking to the roads for summer, our message
is clear: if you drive while affected by alcohol or other drugs, it’s
highly likely you will detected and the party will be over.”
Historically, the last 12 days of the year have resulted in the
highest road fatality per day rate with an average of 13.4 deaths –
1.12 deaths per day, compared to an average of 0.86 (based on the
eight year average 2004-2011).
The TAC’s support of police Christmas enforcement efforts is part
of the long-running Enhanced Enforcement partnership, which has
been running since 1995.
TAC campaign tracking has shown the enforcement and education
partnership with police is resonating with the community, with
73 per cent of Victorians reporting that the 2011 Christmas TAC
campaign was talking to them.
VICTORIA Police Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing, Robert Hill, launches ‘The
Party’s Over’ campaign in Geelong last Friday.
THREE new videos by the
Transport Accident Commission
(TAC) and RACV show parents
and carers how to make sure
babies and children are in properly
fitted and adjusted child restraints
and booster seats.
Nino’s Child Restraint Challenge,
is a series of short videos showing
every day scenarios with real life
parents how to secure their babies,
toddlers or children in either forward
facing car seats, rear facing car seats
or booster seats.
Their efforts are then assessed
by Nino Cipriani, the RACV’s
accredited restraint fitter, who
identifies some of the common
mistakes that are made when putting
children in child restraints.
TAC road safety manager Elizabeth
Waller said the videos were made for
parents so they could see everyday
people putting their children in
vehicles and then receiving helpful
and positive feedback.
“The videos aim to encourage
parents to make sure their children
are put safely in vehicles and to pass
that important information on to
carers who may also be transporting
their children,” Ms Waller said.
Some of the common mistakes
include twisted straps or not
adjusting harness straps as children
“Research shows that children
who are restrained incorrectly
are up to seven times more likely
to be seriously injured in a crash
than children who are restrained
Between January 2008 to December
2012, there were 334 children aged
0-7 years killed or seriously injured
as a passenger in a car.
The videos were produced by the
TAC together with the RACV and
are supported by VicRoads and
They can be seen on the TAC
website or TAC Youtube channel.
If you speed, if you drink or take drugs then drive, if you drive unlicensed or an unregistered car, the party’s over.
A regional partnership with the TAC and the Victorian Government.
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