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MFB Targets Teens to Reduce Road Fatalities

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27 Aug 2008
The MFB will again host the TEENS community awareness program to educate teenagers about the consequences of irresponsible driving.

The program, developed by the MFB in conjunction with fellow emergency service agencies, aims to educate young people about the harsh and often shocking realities of car crashes.

More than 1,000 students will be attending the five day program this year.

As part of the program, a fatal car crash involving teenagers is re-enacted, with rescue officers attending the scene.

WHEN: Monday 1 September – Friday 5 September, 10am – 2pm (Car crash re-enactment each day at 1pm)

WHERE: Caulfield Racecourse, Rupert Clarke Stand, Station Street, Caulfield (Mel ref 68:E1)

WHY: Now in its seventh year, the TEENS (Teaching, Enlightening, Encouraging and Nurturing Safe Drivers)program was developed to address the alarming rise in teenage-related fatalities or injuries involving car crashes.

MFB station officer Paul Illman said that around 350 P-plate drivers die on Australian roads each year and over 5,500 are seriously injured.

“This program is vital, as young drivers - especially young male drivers - are at such high risk of being involved in car crashes because they lack driving experience, adequate skills and they often take deliberate risks,” he said.

The program incorporates presentations by experienced MFB road rescue operators, as well as interactive scenarios and role-playing.

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact the Media and Communications Department on (03) 9665 4394 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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