As a major sponsor, the Transport Accident Commission continues its long standing association with the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix to promote key road safety messages to all patrons attending the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.
The TAC is a Victorian government-owned organisation whose role is to pay for the medical and rehabilitation costs of people injured in transport accidents. The funds to perform these functions come from payments made by Victorians when they register their vehicles each year with VicRoads.
The TAC actively promotes road safety in Victoria to bring about changes in both attitude and behaviour among road users.
Towards Zero is a bold new strategy, that involves all of us – governments, communities, vehicle manufacturers, road authorities, transport companies, and everyone on the road – getting serious about saving lives. Nothing short of a culture change will achieve zero deaths and injuries on Victorian roads. Whether it’s buying the safest motorcycles we can afford, making sure we separate drinking from riding, or calling out a friend one who isn’t wearing protective gear. We all have a role to play.
This year, there will be more breath testing machines around the track than ever before. They can be found at the High Octane Club, Champions Club, Full Throttle Club, Pit Roof VIP Village, the Silver Facility, the Red Line and Motorcycle Clubs. Tests will also occur at Gates 1, 3 and 7 at the conclusion to the event. Fans are urged to make the most of them. Avoid drinking if you plan to ride home after the race. Even small amounts of alcohol in your system affect balance and coordination.
MotoGP fans are also encouraged to visit the Spokes stand at the GP Expo where they’ll find a range of information about safe riding. While at the stand, riders can check out the www.spokes.com.au website for safety tips and a comprehensive guide to the right riding gear. And don't miss visiting the spokes.com.au Entertainment Stage, where you can get up close and personal with the world's best riders.