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On the road to safer young drivers

The Victorian Government, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and Museums Victoria are partnering to create a world leading Road Safety Education Complex at the Melbourne Museum in Carlton.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan announced the location for the complex on February 15th 2017, a cornerstone of the Victorian Government’s $146 million Young Driver Safety Package.

The complex will feature the latest in visual and digital technology to help students and the wider community understand their own vulnerability and the choices they need to make to stay safe on the roads.

On top of promoting safe driving choices, the complex will illustrate new technology and thinking that will help Victoria achieve its Towards Zero vision, including driver-less vehicle technology and cutting edge safe road infrastructure.

It will become the permanent home to Graham, Victoria’s world-famous sculpture depicting how humans might look if they had evolved to survive road crashes.

More than 20,000 secondary students are expected to visit the complex in 2017. The complex will also be open to the general public and host international road safety delegations when not in use by secondary students.

A regional outreach program will also be developed to cater for students across the state who are unable to easily access the complex in central Melbourne.

TAC research shows young drivers aged 18 to 25 are among the most vulnerable on our roads, accounting for 21 per cent of fatalities in 2016.

Construction and detailed development of the complex is scheduled to commence in April 2017 and the complex is expected to be open to the public in mid-2018.

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