Police and Ararat College students have teamed up to send an important message for the long weekend.
AC News members and media students from the secondary school worked together to film a short video about the dangers of driving while texting.
It shows a young driver who looks at her phone while on the road and subsequently crashes the vehicle, with the safety message of 'your life can be changed with just one glance'.
"We thought it would be interesting to see how the students interpreted this issue so we gave them the opportunity to come up with an idea to appeal to kids their own age," Wimmera Proactive Policing Unit Leading Senior Constable Toni Chegwin said.
"They did a fantastic job, it sends a clear message about road safety."
Year 10 student and AC News producer Jack Ward said the opportunity to work on something with police that could make an impact in the wider community was "incredible".
"Anything that involves the community is a good thing," he said.
"We can help spread the message the best we can. It is especially a big issue for young people."
The students wasted no time with the project, filming it just this week.
The video falls in line with Victoria Police's Operation Regal that will run across the Queen's Birthday long weekend.
The four-day road safety campaign will target areas like holiday hot spots and regional highways in an effort to prevent any more loss of life on Victorian roads.
143 lives have been lost on Victorian roads to date this year, up by more than 60 per cent on the 88 lost this time last year.
"One life lost is one too many - and that's why we're continuing our unprecedented investment through our Towards Zero strategy and road safety upgrades across Victoria," western Victoria MP and road safety minister Jaala Pulford said.
Leading Senior Constable Toni Chegwin said she hopes the students and police can work on similar projects again in the future.
"They are a very enthusiastic group to work with so I think we will be able to do quite a bit more around road safety and other topics," she said.
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