ONE of Victoria’s top traffic cops didn’t have to look far from home to see if a south-west-based pilot program was hitting its target audience.
Assistant Commissioner for road policing Robert Hill said about a month after returning to Melbourne from Warrnambool for the launch of the Under 25s Road Safety Challenge, his teenage daughter was talking to him about the Facebook page set up by the group.
“My daughter was talking about one of the Facebook entries from a senior sergeant about the first fatal collision he attended. I thought, well this is having the desired effect,” Assistant Commissioner Hill said.
The road safety challenge involved 23 young people being given 150 days to create a special youth-driven communication and multi-media campaign to address problem behaviour in young drivers.
Their campaign included TV commercials, a Facebook page telling stories of road fatalities and a car wreck display.
On Saturday, as part of an open day at Warrnambool police station, the young people presented their work to some of the top brass of Victoria Police command, providing them directly with feedback about the project and its findings.
Assistant Commissioner Hill was joined by Assistant Commissioner Jack Blayney (western region) and Assistant Commissioner Tracey Linford (intelligence and covert support command), Acting Superintendent Don Downs (western region division two) and Victoria Police human resources group director Andrew Loader.
Assistant Commissioner Linford, who was the division two superintendent when the challenge began, said it had been a highly- successful project.
She was hopeful it could be rolled out into other areas around the state.
“That was part of the reason for our visit today, so the assistant commissioners could talk with the young people and then communicate their findings to our respective commanders,” she said.
“It’s something that we are really keen to see up and running in other areas around the state.
“We find that community issues are solved when the community is directly involved in helping find that solution.
“That’s exactly what this challenge has done.
“And on top of that, it’s highlighted some of the best young leaders in the community.”