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Trevor Collett | Nov, 25 2013 | 0 Comments

Victoria's Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has launched an exhibition at the Melbourne State Library called ‘Ungiven Gifts’ this week, one month out from Christmas day.

The display contains 209 ‘gifts’ to represent each of the 209 people who have lost their lives on Victorian roads to date in 2013.

Various sporting goods, toys, clothes and electrical equipment form part of the exhibition, reflecting gifts typically traded at Christmas.

There is some 'good' news to accompany the launch, however, with Victoria's current road toll of 209 marking an improvement of 43 deaths for the same time last year.

Upon launching the exhibition, Victoria’s Assistant Treasurer, Gordon Rich-Phillips, said he found the display to be a ‘moving’ experience.

"The sad reality is that many gifts will go ungiven this year; behind each of these gifts is a heartbreaking story of a life lost and of loved ones for whom Christmas will never be the same," Mr Rich-Phillips said.

Victoria’s Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder, was also present at the launch, saying the festive season can be a dangerous time on our roads.

"We've seen a reduction in the number of people killed on Victorian roads, but the focus has to be on a zero road toll and - until that occurs - we cannot afford to be complacent," Mr Mulder said.

Those wishing to see the Ungiven Gifts exhibition at the Melbourne State Library will need to be quick as the display runs for three days only; November 25-27.

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