Race go­ers to be safer un­der TAC’s new pro­gram

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Trans­port Ac­ci­dent Com­mis­sion is en­sur­ing pun­ters head­ing to a coun­try Vic­to­rian race meet get home safely with the in­tro­duc­tion of a new $40,000 grant pro­gram.

The TAC is en­ter­ing its 12th sea­son as a part­ner with Coun­try Rac­ing Vic­to­ria and is of­fer­ing the To­wards Zero Safe Travel grants to part­ner­ing race clubs.

TAC en­gage­ment se­nior man­ager Me­gan Ja­cobs said the coun­try rac­ing sea­son was a ma­jor draw­card in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties across the state and the TAC’s part­ner­ship with Coun­try Rac­ing Vic­to­ria helps en­sure the safety of peo­ple at­tend­ing.

“We want every­one head­ing out to any coun­try race meets this sea­son to have a great day out and that in­cludes get­ting home safely to their loved ones,” she said.

“In the ex­cite­ment of the race day, it can be hard to keep track of how much al­co­hol you’ve con- sumed; th­ese grants will make it easy for peo­ple to en­sure they’ve got a safe way home no mat­ter what.

“We all need to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for our ac­tions and look out for each other on race day and ev­ery other day if we want a fu­ture where no per­son dies or is se­ri­ously hurt on our roads.”

The grants will help the race clubs sup­ply shut­tle buses for their main race days, pro­vid­ing a safe op­tion to pa­trons who plan on hav­ing a drink.

“As part of our To­wards Zero plan to achieve zero road deaths and in­juries, the TAC has in­tro­duced the grants to help clubs en­sure race­go­ers get home safely,” she said.

The TAC will be at 73 race meet­ings across the state, of­fer­ing free breath test­ing, giv­ing out free wa­ter and shar­ing in­for­ma­tion on get­ting home safely by plan­ning ahead,

SAFER RAC­ING: TAC staff will not only pro­vide free shut­tles to coun­try race meet­ings but will also be on hand of­fer­ing free breath test­ing, giv­ing out free wa­ter and shar­ing in­for­ma­tion on get­ting home safely by plan­ning ahead.

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