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.

This long weekend Victoria Police are again joining us in making sure everyone gets to their holiday destination safely. There will be more police on the roads who are giving up time spent with their families and friends to make sure we all can spend time with ours.

Holidays are a high-risk time on Victoria's roads as more people are heading away for a short break or to visit family or friends. There are also more people out riding motorbikes, cycling or walking so we all need to be aware of what is going on around us, slow down, don't drink and drive and make sure we aren't driving when tired.

High risk of crash over holidays

Statistics show the risk of crashing increases for people as they travel longer distances to unfamiliar areas, experiencing fatigue and speeding. Make sure you take a break at one of the SES Pitstops around the state and enjoy some fun roadside activities.

Follow these links for more information on Statistics:

Both the TAC and Victoria Police have joined forces to help keep us safer during this time as we work towards our Towards Zero vision.


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.
  • 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.
  • Make sure you're focused on the driving and not distracted by phones or others in the car.
  • 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.


Make sure you take a break at the many Driver Reviver sites throughout Victoria this weekend, again run by SES volunteers.

With drowsy driving estimated to be a factor in one in five crashes, the TAC is supporting efforts by SES and Victoria Police to keep Victorians safe this weekend.

What you will find at the Driver Reviver Pitstops

  • Free barista coffee
  • Free bottled water
  • Sausage sizzle - to raise money for the SES
  • Fun photo booth area - take away a polaroid
  • Giveaways including kids puzzles, eye masks and neck pillows
  • Giant Jenga game

With many people heading to the snow for Queen’s Birthday weekend, there will be an extra focus on the Hume Freeway stop at Balmattum (near Euroa), on both sides of the road.

Driver Reviver Pitstop Locations




Balmattum (Euroa)

Hume Hwy, North bound at Balmattum Rest Area


Friday 10th June 12.30pm to 7.00pm

Saturday 11th June 9.00am to 1.00pm


Lochiel Wayside Stop, Western Highway, Dimboola


Friday 10th June 12.00pm to 6.00pm

Saturday 11th June 9.00am to 4.00pm


Memorial Park, Princes Hwy, Stratford


Friday 10th June 3.00pm to 11.00pm

Balmattum (Euroa)

Hume Highway, Southbound at Balmattum Rest Area


Monday 13th June 12.00pm to 7.00pm

Bacchus Marsh

Marrimu, Bacchus Marsh Road, Bacchus Marsh


Monday 13th June 10.00am to 7.00pm


Marong site (Calder hwy alternate)


Monday 13th June 10.00am to 5.00pm