Baillieu Scraps Life-Saving Road Safety Centre

The Baillieu Government must rethink its decision to shelve a world-first centre aimed at saving the lives of young people on the state’s roads, Shadow Minister for Police James Merlino said today.

“At a time when the road toll is increasing, the Baillieu Government is walking away from road safety by scrapping a plan to build the Road Safety Experience Centre,” Mr Merlino said.

“The centre was about educating young people on the realities of road trauma and would have saved lives.

“Instead, Mr Baillieu has made a choice to shelve the project announced by the former Labor Government and is hiding behind fabricated excuses about why it won’t go ahead.

“The fact is the centre was well progressed and was to be funded through the TAC, which receive more money through premiums than is required to sustain the scheme.

“The extra money was to be reinvested into road safety initiatives that would save lives.”

Mr Merlino said it was disappointing the Baillieu Government did not understand the benefits the centre would have provided.

“This centre would have enabled young people to hear about the realities of crash scenes from emergency services experts, and included simulators to demonstrate the influence of alcohol, drugs, distractions and speed on driver performance. It would also have included presentations from road accident victims,” he said.

“It’s extraordinary Mr Baillieu is prepared to walk away from an innovative project that would make a real impact on Victorians.

“Road deaths impact on the lives of hundreds of families every year and Government’s must continue to look at new ways of bringing down the road toll.

“This appalling decision is on top of the revelation that there is no new funding for road safety initiatives in the State Budget, and the failure of the Government to deliver the Arrive Alive Action Plan that was due last December.

“It appears if it’s not Mr Baillieu’s idea, then he believes it’s not a good idea.

“It’s time Mr Baillieu rethinks his decision and supports the Road Safety Experience Centre.”

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