Theres no place like home safe - 2013
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[People dressed like characters from 'The Wizard of Oz' dance in a club. A young woman dressed as Dorothy staggers over to the bar where a young man dressed as the Lion is standing. He frowns as she sips her drink.]


LION: How about we call it a night?

DOROTHY: Yeah, good idea. I'll just finish this one. 


[She drains her drink and puts down the glass. It glows. Dorothy and the Lion stagger arm in arm across a car park. A young woman dressed as a Witch leans on a car. She has green-tinged skin and a black dress.]


WITCH: Hey, Dorothy, do you wanna give me a lift?

DOROTHY: I can't. I've been drinking.

WITCH: Come on! There's no place like home, and you'll get there sooner if you drive.

LION: Dorothy, you could get caught or, worse, crash.

WITCH: Don't listen to him. He's a coward.


[A young woman dressed as the Scarecrow and a young man dressed as the Tin Man stagger over.]


SCARECROW: Hey, what's going on?

LION: This witch wants Dorothy to drive.

TIN MAN: Dorothy, you're in no state to drive.

SCARECROW: I may not have a brain, but even I know that's a stupid idea.

TIN MAN: It's, like, heartless of her to even ask. What's Wizard doing?

DOROTHY: Wizard will know what to do!

WITCH: Thanks for nothing. Later, losers.


[As she stalks to a car, the Witch drops her keys.]


DOROTHY: What are you doing? Come home with us, please?


[The Witch gets in the car and starts it.]




DOROTHY: Well, guys, it looks like we're off to see the Wizard.


[Dorothy, the Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man skip arm in arm down an alley that's washed with sparkly yellow light. The alley disappears, revealing the group standing near a yellow taxi.]


DOROTHY: Wizard, can you help us? How do we get home?

TAXI DRIVER: You just click your heels together three times. Your shoes will magically take you home.

DOROTHY: Really?


[Dorothy clicks her heels twice, then stumbles. The others laugh.]


DRIVER: Wow. You must be drunk. I'm just kidding. If you all give us a bit of money, I can drive you home.

DOROTHY: Yeah, OK. Are you guys gonna come?

LION: Cool. You're paying.




[They get in the taxi. The screen goes blank.]




[At a police stop, feet in striped socks stick out from under the witch's car. As a police officer writes, the scowling Witch stands by her car with her arms folded. The taxi approaches.]





[As the taxi pulls up beside the Witch's car, the feet withdraw from view.]


DOROTHY: Oh, I must have been seeing things. I told her to come with us. Let's go, Wizard.

LION: Yeah.

DOROTHY: I'm glad I didn't drive home.



[The taxi drives off. The police officer leads the Witch away. Fade to black.

A rainbow glides past the words, "'There's no Place Like Home Safe'. A film by Maddy Cheyne. A 2013 winner of Make a Film, Make a Difference. Proudly supported by the Transport Accident Commission."]



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Theres no place like home safe - 2013

Maddy Cheyne's film ' No Place Like Home Safe' takes a modern twist on a classic film to help young people across the state, understand the message that drink driving can kill.  Maddy is one of two winners in the 2012 Make a Film, Make a Difference (MAFMAD)

The TAC's Make a Film, Make a Difference (MAFMAD) competition invites young filmmakers aged 25 and under to write a short film idea that will challenge young people's attitudes to driving and encourage them to look out for their mates.



Road crashes are the biggest killer of young people aged 16 to 25. In their first year of driving, young people are about three times more likely to be killed or injured than older, more experienced drivers. Young drivers are more at risk because they lack driving experience and take risks on the roads.  The tendency to take risks is part of being a young person, but for too many young people this results in death or serious injury on the roads.

Risk Taking Facts

  • When carrying two or more passengers a young driver’s risk of being involved in a fatal crash is over five times higher than travelling alone.
  • Young passengers are most likely to be killed in a car when travelling with young drivers.
  • For young male drivers, the riskiest combination is travelling with young male passengers, compared to all other combinations.

What young people think about risk taking

When asked, young Victorians have given valuable insights into how they think about risk taking. Research has shown:

  • Passengers are central to risky driving, especially for young men.
    • Young male passengers rarely discourage their male peers from engaging in risky driving behaviours and often actively encourage it.
    • As a driver, many young males say they drive in a risky way to show off to young male passengers, even if the passengers haven’t asked them to.
    • Young male drivers are less likely to engage in risky actions with female passengers because they want to protect them, don’t feel as much need to impress them, female passengers are more willing to speak out and because they listen to their girlfriends.
  • Common reasons young people give for risk taking:
    • Peer group pressure
    • Impressing friends and wanting to be accepted
    • Going along with the crowd and not wanting to be left out.
    • Sense of invincibility
    • Don’t feel they can say no or speak up when they are in a risky situation.
  • How young people rationalise their risky behaviour:
    • “If all your friends are doing something you’re safer sticking together even if it is in a car… you’d be in more danger if you stayed behind on your own … or caught a train at night on your own rather than getting in the car”
  • Young people:
    • Talk down the possible outcomes
    • Avoid thinking about possible consequences
    • Blame their risky behaviour on outside factors and are overconfident about their driving skills.
    • Recognise they have a choice when faced with a risky situation but they claim the alternative is often neither practical nor a solution.
  • Cars play an important symbolic function, particularly for young men.
    • P plates symbolise freedom and ‘adulthood’.
    • The car you drive and how you drive it reflects who you are.
    • The car becomes a place for socialising with friends.
    • Risky driving is glamourised by Hollywood, motor racing sports, video games and car advertisements.



More than 300 young drivers aged 18 – 25 have lost their lives in Victoria in the last 10 years – representing just less than one in four or 23% of drivers lives lost in Victoria in this period.

In 2018, 14% of drivers who lost their lives were aged between 18 and 25 years, with this age group only representing around 10% of Victorian licence holders.

Young Drivers lives lost (1987 – 2018)

Of the 14 young drivers who lost their lives on our roads in 2018:

  • 79% were male
  • 39% were killed in regional Victoria (73% of these were killed on 100+km/hr roads)
  • 50% were killed in single vehicle crashes
  • 75% were involved in crashes that occurred in high alcohol times




For more information on MAFMAD visit the MAFMAD website