One second lapse can lead to long-lasting trauma


A road trauma survivor joined police and a forensic pathologist to share his story on video about how “one second” driving on a road changed his life, and many other lives, forever.

The video, part of Victoria Police’s road safety campaign launched ahead of the Easter long weekend, includes the father of a road trauma victim telling of his grief after attending the roadside where his daughter died.

Victoria Police is highlighting the long lasting impact intentional high-risk behaviour behind the wheel can have and the ripple effect on those who are left behind.

On 27 May 2019, two people died when their vehicle lost control at high speed and collided with an oncoming car in Mount Eliza. The driver of the second vehicle sustained life-long serious injuries, and he shares his story, as he continues to recover both mentally and physically, as part of a video piece about the consequences of high risk driving.

Over Easter, police ran Operation Nexus targeting speed, drink and drug driving and mobile phone use.

During the past five Easter long weekends, six lives have been lost and a further 864 people injured.

More than 33,770 traffic and criminal offences were detected over the same time, including 15,792 for speeding.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Specialist Operations Libby Murphy said just one second “whether it’s speeding, drink or drug driving or using your phone – that can lead to tragic consequences”.

The full video is available on the Victoria Police Facebook page.

First published in the Mornington News – 6 April 2021


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