Thursday, September 7, 2023


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Mackay Police Test Drive VR Road Safety Resource

Mackay Police have announced a new virtual reality road safety resource, Drive and Thrive, an immersive visual and auditory experience that will put school students in the driver’s seat.

The resource is the work of school-based police officers Senior Constable Tamara Cook and Senior Constable Jaime Brooks, collaborating with local business Tropical Exposure to bring virtual reality into Mackay’s classrooms.

The program will give students in the district the opportunity to use 360-degree virtual reality goggles to experience a variety of road safety situations.

“The virtual reality goggles will allow students to safely experience and react to challenging road safety events,” said Senior Constable Steve Smith.

“They also give police officers the opportunity to discuss road safety with the students after they have (virtually) experienced the best and worst of what can happen on a road.”

School-based police officers will roll out the Drive and Thrive program in high schools across the district, with Mackay Police already contacting schools who may be interested in participating.

“We are extremely grateful for the assistance and support of our local Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and our student actors – without your contributions we could not have seen this through,” said Senior Constable Smith.

“Thank you to all of the staff at Tropical Exposure for your dedication.

“We are all very hopeful that this new great resource will lead to safer roads for our younger drivers.”

Acting Chief Superintendent Janelle Andrews (Road Policing and Regional Support Command), Acting Inspector Nicole Fox (Road Policing Specialist Operations), Superintendent Graeme Paine, Detective Inspector Emma Novosel, Acting Inspector Lisa Mansfield and Adam Dyer all attended the Drive and Thrive launch, ‘test driving’ the new equipment.

Mackay Police staff launched and trialled Drive and Thrive, an immersive visual and auditory experience. Photos supplied

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