The Transport Accident Commission’s (TAC’s) regional comedy roadshow is returning across country Victoria for 2019 to raise awareness of road safety.

The TAC’s partnership with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival will see a mix of Australian and international comedians roll into town this weekend as part of the festival’s regional road show.

Fatalities in regional Victoria were the lowest ever recorded in 2018, but a tragic start to the year means that country Victorians are again significantly over-represented in the number of lives lost on Australia’s roads.

“It’s been a tragic start to the year and a majority of the deaths on our roads so far this year have been country people driving on country roads,” said TAC Engagement Senior Manager Megan Jacobs. “Country Victorians often cover a lot of kilometres and road safety should be front of mind on all of those journeys; make sure you’re well rested, drive to conditions, avoid distractions and avoid drinking and driving.”

TAC representatives will give away prizes and offer free breath tests at the end of show to ensure everyone gets home safely. The team will also help audiences understand more about flexible safety barriers, the life-saving technology being installed across the state to make regional roads safer.

“Regional Victorians would have already noticed the installation of barriers right across the state as part of our effort to create a more forgiving road network,” said Jacobs. “We understand that mistakes happen and we believe that death or serious injury should no longer be the prices people pay when the unexpected happens.”

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