The road-safety juggernaut Vanessa continued to make serious inroads into keeping people safe on Victorian roads throughout 2011, with 'Mini Vanessa' keeping busy throughout winter and then over the summer festival period.
Very simply, Vanessa is a project pioneered by the state’s Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in an effort to educate youth on the impact of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and offer them the chance to interact with the body in a much more relaxed way.
First off, winter saw the community-based project's spin-off, the Vito named Mini Vanessa, tackle alpine road trauma head-on, setting up camp in the alpine region of Mount Buller over the course of the ski season. In turn, snow bunnies equipped with potentially life-saving tips were on hand to offer motorists returning from the slopes breath-tests and tips for keeping safe.
"Since 2008, 28 people have been killed on roads around the Alpine National Park," said TAC CEO Janet Dore. "Eight of those were aged between the ages of 18 and 30. This winter, four fatalities have been recorded for the area. This ski season marked the first time that the TAC has been to snow to campaign for road safety."
To put things into perspective, some 70 people have been killed on Victorian roads over the winter period.