TAC focuses on safety barriers

June 01, 2018

A section of the Midland Hwy has been closed.

A converted car followed the vehicle to be crashed for the TAC’s television commercial.

The TAC has spent the past three days filming a television advertisement on Midland Hwy, west of Mooroopna.

The commercial aims to highlight the benefits of new safety-line barriers installed along parts of the highway between Shepparton and Bendigo.

‘‘We are in Tatura this week to film a road safety advertisement that will demonstrate a common crash scenario on a high-speed rural road, under controlled conditions,’’ Transport Accident Commission chief executive officer Joe Calafiore told The News.

TAC intends to crash a car into the barrier travelling at a five degree angle at 90km/h to demonstrate a ‘‘typical common fatigue-related lane departure’’.

The footage is intended to capture the way in which the safety-line barrier reduces a car’s speed and prevents it from entering an oncoming lane.

‘‘Technical specialists will be used to replicate a common fatigue-related incident, in which the car departs its lane at a slight angle before colliding with a centre-line barrier,’’ Mr Calafiore said.

‘‘The lane departure crashes that these safety barriers prevent are the number one cause of death on high-speed regional Victorian roads.

‘‘This footage will help us to educate the public on how we are working toward zero deaths and injuries on our roads, and provide data for road safety experts for analysis and research.’’

VicRoads shut down a stretch of Midland Hwy between Minchin and Starritt Rds from Wednesday through to today for the film shoot.

Between 7am and 9pm, traffic was diverted around the closure.

VicRoads notified some road users such as freight companies of the closure via Facebook last week, but other road users reported no prior warning.

The TAC commercial was filmed by a Sydney-based production company and will air on Victorian screens later this year.

Production concludes today.

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