Holiday road safety, Victoria Police

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We cut through different scenes all shot from the perspective of a moving car. Sometimes this is from the passenger window, sometimes its through the front windscreen or driver's side window. We never see the driver, but get a clear sense that what we are seeing is the driver's point of view. Emotive but sparse music plays.

We cruise down a leafy suburban street. We see a dad loading the final suitcase into the back of the fully packed family wagon. Mum carries one more bag out of the house. The kids chase each other around the car, excited to get begin their holiday.

We then cut to another driveway in another suburb where a man in a four-wheel drive car being hitched to a caravan with a woman giving her husband instructions and directions.

We then cut to a close up shot of a 30 something woman looking on by.

We cruise along a busy freeway. The driver notices a van with surfboards attached to the roof, obviously off on sporting adventure.

We drive past the beach with families and kids having fun on the sand.

Cut to a scene with teenagers ready to go to a pool party have fun with water balloons and water guns.

We drive past a park on a beautiful summer day. A group of good mates are gathered around a BBQ and picnic, and they share a laugh and toss a Frisbee.

Cut to a shot driving down another residential street. We catch up to a couple of kids walking excitedly down the footpath in their bathers and floaties. Somewhere in the background, we can hear a pool party (with lots of splashing) taking place.

As the sun starts to hang lower in the sky, we drive along, looking out to the ocean - a dad races his two boys along the footpath towards a parked ice cream van with a queue of kids waiting to be served.

Cut to scenes of Christmas decorations, views of the city and a car towing a boat.

Cruising through the inner city at night, we see celebratory fireworks light up in the rearview mirror and then cut to a scene of a house with Christmas lights up.

Finally, we see the flash of blue and red lights as we pull up to a random breath test unit. For the first time, we reveal the driver, who is a Victorian Police officer. She says hello to a couple of the other officers, who are administering a random breath test.

VO: This year, more police than ever are working the holidays to keep us safe during ours. 

Cut to our officer finishing up a breath test on a few 20-something kids. She waves them through and they drive off, clearly on their way somewhere fun.

VO: Let's all play our part in keeping our roads safe. 

Our officer watches longingly for a moment as they drive off, but then continues working.

Fade up: TAC, Towards Zero and Victoria Police logos.


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Holiday road safety, Victoria Police

Both the TAC and Victoria Police have one goal the busy holiday times – getting people safely to their friends and family when using the road.

Joining us as we get from A to B over the busy holiday times of Christmas, New Year and Easter, Victoria Police will have more officers out on the roads helping to keep us safe. These officers are sharing the responsibility of reaching our Towards Zero vision by giving up time spent with their families and friends this season to make sure we get to spend it with ours.

"The campaign takes a new approach that is less about warning people of the legal consequences of wrongdoing and more about highlighting the way Victorians work together to keep the community safe," TAC Road Safety Manager Samantha Cockfield says.

Historically, the end of year holiday period is a high-risk time on Victorian roads with more people driving to visit family, a greater number of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists out and about with fine weather, and end-of-year functions making drink driving an increased concern.

During the Christmas/New Year festive season, more passengers, women and children under 15 are killed than at any other time of the year. Australian Transport Safety Bureau research shows crashes, where this happens, tend to involve rural locations, high-speed zones and a single vehicle, either running off the road or hitting wildlife or debris on the roads. More generally, the risk increases for people as they travel longer distances to unfamiliar areas, experience fatigue and speed.

Both the TAC and Victoria Police have launched initiatives to keep us safer during this time, encouraging us to join them in the joint responsibility of working Towards Zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

 

Tips for staying safe on our roads over busy holiday times

  • Plan ahead: Plan how you are you're getting to and from your destination. In particular, map out the route you want to take ahead of time if you're unfamiliar with the area you're driving through.
  • Take a Give yourself plenty of time to get there and factor in rest stops.
  • Take regular stops if you're driving for more than two hours.
  • Stay within speed limits.
  • Drive to conditions of the road and the weather.
  • Ensure you're focused on the driving and not distracted by mobile devices or passengers.
  • If you're drinking, don't drive. Organise a designated driver, a pre-booked taxi or having a friend or family member pick you up.
  • Share the message of Being Present with those you care about.

 

Easter is a fantastic time of year in Victoria and the long break gives families a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the best that this state has to offer.

But with more people driving longer distances on unfamiliar roads, there's an even greater need for Victorian motorists to take care.

If you are heading on a road trip this long weekend, plan ahead, watch out for fatigue, drive to the conditions and don't drink or take drugs and drive.

In the past five years, 18 people lost their lives on the Victoria's roads over the Easter weekend, including four last year. See more road safety statistics here.

SES volunteers will be at more than 40 Driver Reviver locations around Victoria, providing free refreshments and a safe place for drivers to break up their trips and recharge.

A new partnership between the TAC and SES will also see the top six Driver Reviver locations transformed into Driver Reviver Pitstops, giving extra incentives to motorists taking rest stops on our busiest highways.

The initiative is designed to combat driver fatigue, estimated to be a factor in one-in-five road deaths.

Police Operation Nexus will be operating over Easter, with police helping Victorians get to their destinations safely.