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SafeT360 kicks off national tour at University of Canberra

04 February 2021

Safet360 has today kicked off its 2021 national tour, visiting the University of Canberra O-Week to teach young people how to share the road safely with trucks.  

Following a brief hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, the SafeT360 travelling road safety exhibition has returned to the road, with trialled and tested COVID-Safe procedures in place and COVID-trained staff.  

“We are so excited to have joined the University of Canberra O-Week to spread our important road safety messages with our target audience, in a safe way,” Australian Trucking Association Safety, Health and Wellbeing Director Melissa Weller said. 

“16 to 25 year old road users are the most overrepresented group of people involved in crashes on our roads. This must change,” Mrs Weller said.  

“Using immersive virtual reality technology and interactive messaging, we are putting young road users in the virtual driver’s seat to experience road safety from every angle,” she said.  

Mrs Weller said the SafeT360 team is now gearing up for the ‘Anything Goes’ Scouts Victoria event before a tour of New South Wales in March.  

“Whether in a regional or urban area, we all have a role to play in road safety and need to understand how to share the road safely with trucks,” Mrs Weller said. 

“SafeT360 has one clear goal – to save lives, and we are excited to get back out on the road to connect with young people across the country. 

“While the truck is out on the road, all SafeT360 resources and activities, including virtual reality experience, are also available on the 
SafeT360 website for anyone to access on their own device for free,” she said. 

Mrs Weller said SafeT360 has a big year ahead, with the national tour also contributing to a research partnership with the University of Newcastle. 

“This partnership will deliver valuable insight into safety initiatives and how organisations can deliver the most effective communications and campaigns possible,” she said. 

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