Road trauma hit right at the heart of the Rokewood-Corindhap Football and Netball Club earlier this year when a club supporter died in a crash on a local road.
With many players and supporters travelling long distances to games and training, the club was keen to be part of the inaugural Towards Zero round, which will see 1000 clubs promote road safety to almost 250,000 people involved in regional and metropolitan football and netball.
Football captains, including Rokewood's Mitch McLachlan, will wear a zero on their jumpers while netballers and juniors will wear Toward Zero socks.
"We all spend so much time in our cars, relying on our roads to get to our footy club and spend time together as a community. We enjoy each other's company and ... want to get home safely after a club function or whatever," said Rokewood-Corindhap's Shaune Moloney.
"So for example for this weekend's social night we have organised a bus home to reduce the variables of alcohol, distraction and late night driving.
"Every time we get in our car we want to come home so we are keeping in mind the importance of getting there and getting home safely. As a club we want to be leaders in this area."
The Toward Zero round is part of the Transport Accident Commission's partnership with AFL Victoria and a way to open up conversations about road safety in a club and supporter environment.
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It has been a shocking six months on Victorian roads, particularly in regional areas, with 95 of the 156 deaths on regional roads.
"Grassroots football and netball clubs are the lifeblood of their communities and are hit particularly hard when a community member's life is lost on the road," said Jaala Pulford, minister for roads, road safety and the TAC.
"We are thrilled at the level of support the clubs have shown for the Toward Zero round, especially given their ability to influence the many people involved in local football and netball across the state."
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