Make 2017 a safe one
THE New Year is a time many of us resolve to eat healthier or save more, but the Transport Accident Commission is encouraging Victorians to make a different resolution for 2017 and beyond.
The TAC is calling on Victorians to make a commitment to themselves and their loved ones to help reduce the number of lives lost on our roads.
TAC road safety manager Samantha Buckis urged every Victorian to consider the role they could play in reducing road trauma in 2017.
‘‘As Victorians look forward to 2017 and start planning what they would like to achieve in the future, we encourage them to think about how they can contribute to reducing the number of lives we lose on our roads each year,’’ Ms Buckis said.
‘‘Alongside more trips to the gym and a healthier bank balance, a commitment to safer driving should be added to the list of resolutions.’’
For road users looking to improve their driving behaviour, the TAC suggests: slowing down, never using a phone while driving, buying a safer car, always planning a safe way home from functions involving alcohol and factoring in rest stops on long trips.
‘‘Whether you’re living in metro- politan or regional areas, planning a safe way home at this time of year is particularly important,’’ Ms Buckis said.
‘‘Planning how you’re getting home means you can enjoy the night, without having to take the risk of getting behind the wheel.’’
While drink-driving remains socially unacceptable for the vast majority of Victorians, TAC research last year found one in 10 still got behind the wheel despite their alcohol intake during the 12 months leading into the survey.
‘‘Research shows most Victorians do the right thing, but drink-driving remains one of the biggest killers on our roads and we still have a way to go,’’ Ms Buckis said.
‘‘The responsibility lies with everyone — leave the keys behind if you’re going to be consuming alcohol and plan a safe way home instead.’’
Avoiding getting behind the wheel while hungover and factoring in rest stops on longer journeys are also important reminders for seeing in the new year safely.
Nanneella Estate Primary School students Jamie Taig and Brooke Somerville try out Indonesian food during a lunch in June 1999.