08 Apr 2015
Parents of primary school children are the focus of a new campaign to save young lives on Victorian roads.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Luke Donnellan, today launched the Transport Accident Commission's Parental Role Modelling campaign, highlighting the role parents play in shaping the driving behaviour of their children.
The campaign aims to reduce road trauma among drivers aged 18 to 25, who only make up 12 per cent of drivers in Victoria yet account for around one in five deaths.
It follows international research linking the driving style of parents with that of their children in their first year on their P-plates.
Actions like speeding or talking on the phone while driving are things children might pick up from the back seat without parents being aware.
Included as part of the campaign is a TV commercial where a young boy attached to puppet strings mimics the erratic behaviour of his father, illustrating the power of parental role modelling.
This is the first time the TAC has directly targeted parents of primary school children in order to reduce road trauma, with parents of children aged 5 to 12 the primary audience.
The campaign highlights the Andrews Labor Government's commitment to improve safety for young drivers with its Road Safety Starts Early plan.
The Labor Government's plan includes building the world's first dedicated road safety education complex - the Crash and Trauma Education Centre - and free defensive driver training for all year 10 students.
The TV commercial can be found at: http://www.tac.vic.gov.au/road-safety/tac-campaigns/young-drivers/landing
We open tight on the face of an innocent looking child. We slowly pull out and see that he's sitting in a single car seat on a stage.
He is driving an imaginary car, waving as he is let in by an imaginary driver.
We see the boy looking over his shoulder as if to check for traffic. His arms are being supported by strings.
We pull out a little wider and the boy appears to reach for an imaginary cell phone to read a text message. Suddenly he looks up from the phone and corrects his steering. He shouts and gesticulates angrily towards an imaginary driver.
We continue pulling away from the child until we see that the strings are attached to his father in the driver's seat.
We see the father perform a mirror check, before pulling out his mobile phone to talk as he continues to drive. Each action from the father is mirrored by the boy.
We end on the words:
What kind of driver are you raising?
Make every drive a good example.