A world-first road safety education complex has opened at the Melbourne Museum to start Victorian students on their journey to becoming safer drivers.
The $55 million “Road to Zero” Education Complex was developed by the Transport Accident Commission in partnership with Museums Victoria, and was co-designed with road safety and teaching experts. Zero is the highest desirable number of road fatalities.
TAC research shows young drivers aged 18 to 25 are some of Victoria’s most vulnerable road users, accounting for 24% of deaths on Victoria’s roads last year. It is critical to find new ways to get them thinking about safety before getting their licence.
“In their first year of driving, young drivers in Victoria are almost four times more likely to be involved in a fatal or serious injury crash than more experienced drivers,” says TAC CEO Joe Calafiore.
The complex will feature the latest in visual and digital technology to help students and the wider community understand their own vulnerability, the role of speed in crashes, and the importance of safer vehicles.
Interactive learning studios will allow students to complete practical tasks that link with their health and science curriculums. Students in years 9 and 10 will start visiting the Road to Zero next term, with more than 20,000 students expected to visit the complex in its first year.
A regional outreach program will ensure students across the state who are unable to access the complex in Melbourne don’t miss out.