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An Open Letter

At 8.27 tonight, we want you to look us in the eye and say there's nothing wrong with speeding.

To those who've never been touched by it, the road toll is a set of statistics.

But to us, those statistics are our children. Our brothers and sisters. Our families and friends. And we live with their sudden deaths every minute of every hour of every day.

We are the people who have shared our stories as part of a new TAC campaign to highlight the dangers of speeding. And tonight on Channels 7, 9 and 10, we invite you to share a few minutes with us, and with those that speeding has taken from us.

If you've lost someone to road trauma, we understand that this campaign may reopen old wounds and for that we are sorry.

But to anyone who thinks that driving a bit over the speed limit is OK; if what you see tonight makes you upset or uncomfortable or angry, we make no apologies whatsoever.

Speed is the single biggest killer on our roads. And the tragedy is the deaths it causes are preventable. If everyone just drove safely within the speed limit, we'd slash the road toll overnight.

And fewer people would have their lives torn apart by a single phone call or a knock at the door.

Being part of this campaign wasn't easy for any of us.

But we hope that after seeing it, you remember our faces, and the faces of those we've loved and lost, every time you get behind the wheel.

If you have lost a loved one to road trauma and you need help, please contact the Road Trauma Support Team of Victoria on 1300 367 797 or the Victims Helpline on 1800 819 817.