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THE State Government and the Trans-
port Accident Commission (TAC) have
unveiled the latest campaign to reduce
motorcyclist deaths and injuries as fig-
ures show rider fatalities have nearly
doubled in 2016.
The campaign is part of Victoria’s response to
rising motorcyclist fatalities, with 45 riders killed so
far this year, up from 25 at the same time last year.
It is designed to reduce collisions between mo-
torcycles and other vehicles, which account for
more than half of rider fatalities.
A television advertisement depicts the moments
after a motorcycle collides with a right-turning ve-
hicle after the driver fails to see the rider.
Under the tagline ‘Driver think rider. Rider think
driver ’, the campaign encourages riders and drivers
to share responsibility for keeping each other safe.
It comes after Victoria Police increased its focus on
rider behaviour in response to the rise in rider deaths.
The State Government and the TAC also recently
announced $12 million for extra shifts for Victoria
Police which will see more marked police cars pa-
trolling the state’s roads and highways, targeting
speed and drink driving, especially on rural roads,
where the majority of the deaths have occurred.
The campaign has launched on Victorian tele-
vision screens, radios and billboards and will run
throughout November, ahead of summer when the
number of riders out on the state’s roads increases
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Don-
nellan said, “We can’t accept any deaths on our
roads, but to have had 45 riders die already this year
is an absolute tragedy.
“Riders will come off second best in a collision
with another vehicle so it is critical that drivers are
always on the lookout for motorcycles, and riders
can help by ensuring they are visible to drivers.”
TAC CEO Joe Calafiore said, “We are instinc-
tively good at looking out for things that could hurt
us but those instincts aren’t as strong when it comes
to looking for things that we could hurt.
“We are asking every road user – whether you’re
on two wheels or four – to do everything possible to
look out for each other on the roads.”
MOTORISTS across the Gippsland
South electorate are being encouraged
to report local roads in a poor state of re-
pair as part of an ongoing campaign for
more road funding.
The Nationals Gippsland South MLA Danny
O’Brien has launched a campaign to encourage lo-
cals to report Gippsland’s worst roads as pressure
builds on the State Government to increase spend-
ing to fix country roads.
The new campaign from the Liberal-Nationals
Coalition will collate a list of the worst of our
country road network to present to the Victorian
“Motorists are asked to send in photos of road
hazards and list the location and how long the road
has been in need of repair,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Potholes, uneven surfacing and hidden haz-
ards litter our regional and rural roads, slowing
travel and increasing the risk to country drivers
and their passengers every day. That’s why I’ve
been fighting for more roads funding since I was
elected last year.
“The Labor Government has no excuse to con-
tinue its neglect of crumbling and dangerous roads
in regional Victoria after the windfall $9.7 billion
lease of the Port of Melbourne.
“Negotiations by The Nationals secured 10 per
cent of the Port funds for regional transport infra-
structure and with the final price tag nearly $4 bil-
lion more than expected there is no excuse for La-
bor to ignore the terrible state of our country roads
“I know the state of our roads is the biggest is-
sue in my electorate,” Mr O’Brien said.
“With the Federal Coalition committing $25
million for the South Gippsland Highway and $6
million for the Hyland Highway, to be matched by
the state, we have a golden opportunity for signifi-
cant improvements in those areas.
“The windfall of $9.7 billion from the Port
of Melbourne lease leaves Daniel Andrews with
no excuse to continue his neglect of country
“Daniel Andrews was happy to spend $1.1 bil-
lion not building the East West link in Melbourne
while the roads in country Victoria are crumbling
with neglect,” Mr O’Brien said.
Motorists are asked to send images to danny.
firstname.lastname@example.org and sign the online
petition at danny.obrienmp.com.au/road_hazards.
Take a stand: Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien is encouraging local drivers to report
bad local roads to him as part of a new campaign.
Fix country roads, save country lives
Take note: a scene from the new Transport
Accident Commission (TAC) ad that aims to
reduce motorcyclist deaths and injuries.
TAC aims to keep
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