An exhibition of personal items belonging to people who were either killed or seriously injured on Victorian roads is visiting regional centres across the state.
The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and Road Trauma Support Services Victoria developed the exhibition and campaign, “Left Unfinished”, which tells the story of seven Victorians who either lost their lives or had their lives permanently changed due to road trauma, and the seemingly ordinary items they left behind or unfinished.
The exhibition of the items is accompanied by the story behind them – either told by a loved one of someone who lost their life, or a person who was injured that recounts their personal story.
The campaign will tour areas across the State until May 2. There is also a virtual augmented reality experience online via a QR code, found at https://leftunfinished.com.au/
TAC Head of Road Safety, Samantha Cockfield, said it was important to take the exhibition and campaign’s messages to regional Victoria, after its initial launch and housing at Melbourne Museum last year.
“Regional Victorians are overrepresented in the number of fatalities we see and, tragically, the majority of those deaths are local people on roads close to their home,” Cockfield said.
“We’re urging people to come and listen to and learn from these harrowing stories, which will serve as a reminder to all of us to never take life for granted when we get behind the wheel.”
Last year, 126 people died on regional Victorian roads, compared with 85 fatalities in metro areas.