CBH urges safe driving for season
CBH is urging its truck contractors, managers, staff and harvest casual workers to drive with safety in mind during the summer holiday season.
Last year, 195 people were killed on WA roads and 1500 were seriously injured.
Tragically, 60 per cent of road fatalities occurred in regional WA.
The Wheatbelt has consistently had a high road safety record.
During the past five years, 146 have been killed while driving on Wheatbelt roads.
The co-operative launched a series of internal communications last week, urging staff to drive safely over the Christmas period.
Its messages were based upon the WA State Government’s new Guide to Driving Safely on WA Roads, in particular the guide’s section about driving on country roads.
The section reminds people that WA is a vast State, bigger than the whole of Western Europe.
Driving in the Bush section tells motorists to keep to the left, never use mobile phones while driving and don’t drink or drugdrive.
It advises on protocols for driving on gravel, with wildlife on the road or in low visibility.
It also offers tips on how to merge, overtake road trains and to manage fatigue over long distances.
CBH Albany assistant zone manager Mark Pinney said, being a country boy at heart, road accipeople dents were a part of life and everyone knew someone affected by road trauma.
Mr Pinney has been assisting CBH with its internal road safety message, helping to deliver group sessions on the topic in the lead-up to the Christmas holiday break.
He has pushed communications about a common sense approach to driving on the road and ensuring vehicles are fit for purpose.
“My passion to be part of this campaign comes from the fact that I grew up in the country and sufA fered loss because of traffic accidents on regional roads,” he said.
Mr Pinney said before people drove anywhere they should check their mirrors, breaks, seatbelts, oil and water.
He said while driving, it was important to slow down and look out for children, wildlife, stock, damaged and wet roads.
“Hopefully with our people driving with these things in front of mind will mean everyone will get home safely to their families this Christmas,” he said.