Schools, councils and not-for-profit organisations across Victoria, Australia, have received a share of a $1.5m funding pot to develop safety initiatives.

The Victoria Government has handed out funding to 72 recipients as part of this year’s Community Road Safety Grants Program.

In total, 213 initiatives will target the needs of specific road user groups and provide road safety education to help reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on the State’s roads.

The program includes education sessions on road safety, promoting safer young drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians – and addressing issues such as fatigue and high-risk driver behaviour such as speeding and drink driving.

The grants programs support Victoria’s Road Safety Action Plan and Strategy 2021-2030, which aims to halve road deaths and significantly reduce serious injuries by 2030.

“These targeted, community-driven projects deliver important road safety initiatives and I thank local communities for getting involved in the program to help tackle road safety at a local level,” said Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll.